Case Update: It has been a little while since we have been able to give a case update, and we think Pride Month is a great time to be able to do so! Harris County TX Doe 2019 has spent quite some time in the lab stage already. This is because the DNA sample is considerably contaminated, which can often happen in forensic cases. We moved the case to a new lab, Bode Technology, and they have been working on doing additional extraction. However, they are still seeing a lot of contamination. The approval has been given to spend a little extra time and money doing a process called enrichment, which will hopefully result in enough human DNA to sequence and get data suitable for Forensic Genetic Genealogy. We are grateful to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) and everyone at Bode for their dedication to this difficult case!

Original case announcement:

The Trans Doe Task Force (TDTF) has partnered with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) to identify the remains of an individual of uncertain race who was recovered from Brays Bayou in Houston, Texas on August 28, 2019 (NamUs #UP60036). The original analysis of the remains resulted in the decedent being classified as female, but subsequent DNA analysis revealed an XY karyotype, indicating they may possibly have been a Transgender woman. TDTF’s in-house and Trans-led team of LGBTQ+ and informed ally genealogists will work to identify this individual once the laboratory process is completed. The DNA extraction, sequencing, and bioinformatics will be done by the Hubbard Center for Genomics at the University of New Hampshire.  We will provide updates on the process as we are able. This case is being funded in entirety by the Trans Doe Task Force.

Trans Doe Task Force co-founder Anthony Redgrave has created new forensic art based on the skeletal features observed on x-ray images and some soft tissue physical characteristics provided by HCIFS.  Please note that this is an approximation of what the individual may have looked like in life and not be understood as an exact representation.  This person was recovered wearing a women’s size 18/20 green short sleeved t-shirt with flower design, and dark colored cargo shorts.  They had short straight to wavy brown or black hair and a small diagonal scar above their left eyebrow.  Two versions of the art are provided; the individual is estimated to be between 50 to 70 years in age, but given the possibility of variation in age estimation we are providing a younger-appearing and older-appearing image.  We do not know how they presented in life; therefore, if these images somewhat resemble someone you know of any gender who has been missing, do not hesitate to reach out to Detective Barton Nabors at the Houston Police Department at (713) 884-3131.

If you know of other Doe cases in which the deceased may have been Trans or under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, or if you are working with law enforcement on a case in which a perpetrator left DNA behind at a crime scene in which the victim was known to be LGBTQ+, please reach out to us at and/or use the case submission form on our website. Additionally, anyone can report missing LGBTQ+ persons to our LAMMP database at or email for assistance.

If you would like to support the work of the Trans Doe Task Force, please consider making a donation via our give/shop website. TDTF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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