More.com has an interesting article describing Colleen's more recent work as a forensic genealogist, tracking missing people through vital records, family history and DNA. Author Lynn Rosellini writes:
Her personal habits may be eccentric, but Fitzpatrick’s methodical, unyielding style of work has allowed her to build a reputation as one of the best DNA detectives in the country. She combines high-tech DNA analysis with the skills of an old-fashioned gumshoe, combing birth and death certificates, newspaper articles and church and cemetery records—and making calls to distant continents far into the night. Since switching professions in 2005, she has solved a variety of cases, from helping identify the remains of a baby who died in 1912 to locating owners of unclaimed property. “I can usually find anyone around the world in two steps,” she boasts today.
Colleen also speaks Japanese, French, German and Spanish. (She’s also conversant in Italian, Russian and Chinese and says she can “limp along” in Swedish, Portuguese and Dutch.)
You can read the article about Colleen Fitzpatrick at http://www.more.com/2009/17738-the-dna-detective
You can also read several previous articles I have witten about some of Colleen's other activities at http://tinyurl.com/2c89cbs
My thanks to Sandy Lewis for telling me about this article.