A woman investigating her family tree has supplied a DNA sample that has now identified a previously-unknown murder victim.
An unknown man was murdered in Northampton, England, in 1930. The body was badly damaged after being burned in an automobile that had been deliberately set on fire. Police soon identified the murderer but the name of the victim remained unknown until Samantha Hall became suspicious that the body in the automobile might be that of her uncle.
The uncle, William Thomas Briggs, left his home in London for a doctor's appointment in November 1930, but disappeared and was never seen again. His family was aware that an unknown man had been murdered and was always suspicious that the uncle may have been the victim. However, the body had been burned beyond recognition and there was no method available to identify the body until today's technology offered a new tool: DNA.
You can read the interesting story in an article by Laura Devlin in the BBC News web site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25722259.