A Utah lab could help solve the Atlanta Child Murders cold case
SALT LAKE CITY — The mayor of Atlanta says investigators working on the decades-long Atlanta Child Murders case will bring evidence to a Utah lab that specializes in old DNA.
In a tweet, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the involvement of the private Utah lab in the case. She did not name the company publicly.
@Atlanta_Police Investigators are traveling to Salt Lake City to provide a private lab, that works with old DNA evidence, evidence from the Missing and Murdered children cases. It is my sincere hope that there will be concrete answers for the families.
— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) October 18, 2021
“It is my sincere hope that there will be concrete answers for the families,” she said.
Looking for answers
The Atlanta Child Murders investigation focuses on the deaths of 29 Black children and young adults, most of them boys, between 1979 and 1981. However, in July, Bottoms said investigators planned to expand the time range under scrutiny to look for more potential victims that hadn’t been associated with the case.
Wayne Williams, the main suspect in the case, was never charged or convicted in any of the child deaths. He was instead convicted in the murder of two adult men, for which he is serving two life sentences. To this day, he maintains his innocence in the Atlanta Child Murders case.
Over the years, a number of analysts have cast doubt on Williams’ guilt with respect to the child deaths. A podcast, Atlanta Monster, re-examined the murders 40 years later, casting further doubt on Williams’ relationship to the case but also not ruling him out completely. HBO later produced a television series based on the reporting in the podcast.
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