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Innovative Forensic DNA Expands Investigative Genetic Genealogy Team

March 3, 2020 GMT
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L-R: Christa Stalcup, Jennifer Moore, Andrea Noyes
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L-R: Christa Stalcup, Jennifer Moore, Andrea Noyes

EMPORIA, Va., March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovative Forensic DNA announces the addition of Andrea Noyes to the firm as Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Co-Managing Director. Noyes, an experienced genetic genealogist, joins Innovative Forensic DNA’s Investigative Genetic Genealogists and co-founders Jennifer Moore and Christa Stalcup to create one of the most experienced investigative genetic genealogy teams in the industry, with expertise in violent crimes, unidentified decedent and living identification cases.

Andrea Noyes joins Innovative Forensic DNA from her previous position as an Investigative Genetic Genealogist at Parabon NanoLabs. Andrea has assisted law enforcement with multiple cold cases that have led to successful case closure and/or suspect arrests. Andrea was a 2019 recipient of the Portland Police Bureau achievement medal. Andrea has over eight years of successful unknown parentage search experience, using both genetic genealogy and traditional research methods. Prior to her employment as a genetic genealogist, Andrea was employed by the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy. Andrea has degrees in Law Enforcement Technology and Public Administration, and recently completed Stanford University’s professional certificate in Genetics and Genomics.

“When starting this company, I had a clear vision of a unique team, one that brought some of the most expert genetic genealogists together with a team of legal and law enforcement professionals with deep expertise and the highest ethical values,” says Jennifer Moore, co-founder of Innovative Forensic DNA. “I first met Christa Stalcup in 2014, when she mentored me and taught me the unknown parentage methods. Shortly after, in 2015, I met Andrea Noyes while collaborating on casework. Our dynamics as a group work very well together, and Christa and Andrea exceed the standards I envisioned for our company. I know that with this team, we can continue to help produce leads on cases for agencies, while upholding the standards of our justice systems.”

The addition of Noyes to the investigative genetic genealogy team is part of Innovative Forensic DNA’s ongoing expansion of services. In February 2020, Innovative announced the selection of Intermountain Forensics as preferred provider for lab services. Intermountain Forensics is the country’s first nonprofit forensic DNA lab, providing phenotyping, ancestry, forensic genetic genealogy data, and traditional forensic DNA testing methods. Moore explains, “We have the established investigators we were looking for, so it only made sense to find an expert lab to work with us. The addition of Intermountain Forensics’ high-quality, affordable, timely lab services supports our investigative genetic genealogy approach of working collaboratively with agencies through the entire lifecycle of the case, from submission to conclusion, working with the agencies one-on-one.”

Andrea Noyes joins Jennifer Moore and Christa Stalcup on the Innovative Forensic DNA Investigative Genetic Genealogy team. Jennifer Moore comes to the team with genetic genealogy experience dating back to 2014 and more than ten years of traditional genealogy. She has solved hundreds of unknown parentage searches since her start in genetic genealogy. Jennifer is experienced in using DNA profiles from crime scenes and unidentified remains along with investigative genetic genealogy techniques, which have produced successful leads. She is also a Licensed Private Investigator in the state of Virginia. Jennifer has worked for several years as a legal assistant with Link Law Firm, which specialized in criminal cases. Most recently, Jennifer was a genetic genealogy team member at Parabon NanoLabs, providing actionable information that led to subject identification, arrests, and case closures. These experiences have driven her to use her skills to continue to assist law enforcement and families of victims to gain hope for answers from some of the most devastating times of their lives, in making sure the right persons are held accountable for their actions.

Christa Stalcup is one of the pioneers in the emerging field of genetic genealogy. Testing in 2011 in the hopes of solving her unknown father mystery, she has spent nearly a decade learning, mentoring, and being an active leading member in the genetic genealogy community, solving unknown parentage and misattributed paternity cases. As a recognized expert the field, not only has Christa worked with individuals to fill in the missing branches of their family tree, she has consulted with and trained others in techniques and methodologies of genetic genealogy. Christa entered the investigative genetic genealogy field using her skills in DNA doe cases to give back names to the unidentified.

ABOUT INNOVATIVE FORENSIC DNA LLC

Innovative Forensic DNA, a Virginia-based company, is an investigative genetic genealogy firm providing services to agencies, working collaboratively through the entire lifecycle of the case, from submission to conclusion, working with the agencies one-on-one. Unique in the industry, Innovative Forensic DNA combines years of expertise in the growing field of investigative genetic genealogy with deep expertise in legal, law enforcement, and family advocacy. For more information visit www.innovativeforensic.com.

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