In the summer of 2023 I was notified of three identifications of individuals that I’d drawn in reconstructions. All three cases were IDed through genetic genealogy. DNA is taken from the remains and uploaded online to GEDMatch. When the individual has DNA in common with others who have uploaded their data, that individual is related to them. An investigator builds a family tree by finding and building trees from these uploads and locating where they intersect with each other.
On two of the cases, I do not have a life photo of the identified individual.
On the third case, I was notified not by the police agency or coroner but by Monica Feigert, the mother of the victim. She posted my drawing on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her son and linked it to my page.