Byrne began working on the case in November 2008, when she was asked to teach a class on forensic genealogy at Boston University. Forensic genealogy, she said, is “the study of kinship and identity as it pertains to the law.” Byrne selected three cases to present to her students, one of which she wanted to be an unresolved case. She chose the Bedford Jane Doe because, living a few miles away from where the body was discovered, it literally hit close to home.
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