Orthram Inc. identifies another unidentified body in Mississippi

Othram, Inc. was acknowledged by Jackson County Sheriff’s yesterday as the lab responsible for all DNA Lab Work in revealing the identify of Moss Point John Doe.

On December 8th, 1982, human remains belong to a young African American man, now identified as Gary Simpson, were found in the Escatawpa River underneath the eastbound lane of I-10 in Jackson County.

Simpson’s remains were collected by the state crime lab where his death was ruled a homicide.

His identity remained a mystery for 40 years until Jackson County investigators once again teaming with Othram used forensic grade genome sequencing and genealogical research to identify a close relative of the young man. A DNA comparison confirmed the relative was a biological sibling of Simpson, who was born in 1962 and was from Louisiana.

This was the same research used to identify the Escatawpa Jane Doe back in 2021. Othram Inc. Chief Business Development Officer Dr. Kristen Mittelman said, “To be able to one day do this at scale and clear the backlog of cold cases, there are 250,000 unidentified remains. I mean, it is called a silent mass disaster and I think that we can clear those backlogs.”

This is Othram’s third case solve in this county in under two years.

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