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Cook/Van Cuylenborg crime scene [1]

WARNING!: Description below may be disturbing to some readers.


Jay Cook & Tanya van Cuylenborg were a young Canadian couple from Saanich, British Columbia, who were both murdered on November 18, 1987 while on a trip to Seattle, Washington.  This site along Parson Creek Road north of Sedro-Woolley, Washington is the approximate location of where the body of Tanya was found six days later, where she had been sexually assaulted & killed from a single bullet wound.  Initially her boyfriend Jay was a suspect until his body was located on November 26 nearly 60 miles to the south where he had been strangled & beaten.


The perpetrator left gloves at one of the crime scenes as a taunting message to police that fingerprints would not be available.  He did however leave his DNA which was still in its early innovations of forensic investigations (& later reveal his identity).  


For nearly 31 years the case remained cold & forgotten until a new concept known as genetic geneology opened up a milestone for forensic criminal investigators.  A second cousin of the killer named Chelsea Rustad had similar matching DNA & a family tree was constructed, ultimately narrowing down to a 55 year old truck driver named William Earl Talbott II who lived in close proximity.  Police followed his movements & tested a paper cup he had discarded one day, finding his DNA was a perfect match, leading to his immediate arrest in May 2018 where he currently is serving two life sentences for the murders (though he insists he is innocent).


This case broke ground on two fronts:  It was the first to be tried in a court using genetic genealogy & it was also the first of such cases to result in a conviction.  Both families of the victims have also been relieved an answer to the pain has been found, despite reopening the pains of the past.  Genetic genealogy has now been the new forefront in solving many old cases & unidentified missing persons & can likely solve any crime should the perpetrator leave any DNA behind.


Update: In early December 2021 the verdict was abruptly overturned on the grounds of juror bias.  We shall see how this unfolds & whether there will be a retrial.


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Tags: jay cook; tanya van cuylenborg; murders; homicides; crime scene; solved; washington; parson creek road; woods; genetic genealogy
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