Justice through genomics
Forym’s scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace quantities of degraded or contaminated forensic evidence.
We enable human identification even when other approaches fail.
We decipher genetic identities so you can solve cases.
Forym is the first private laboratory built to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. Our scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace amounts of degraded or contaminated materials. We help investigators break through previously impenetrable forensic DNA barriers and close previously unsolvable cases.Solve your case
Purpose-Built for Forensics
Forym features essential infrastructure and process for testing forensic DNA evidence, including upfront DNA profile feasibility assessment, to avoid unnecessary evidence consumption, automatic human enrichment, and separate unidirectional workflows.
Optimized for Identification
Forym digitizes many types of genetic variation, powering proprietary KinSNP™ analysis, mixture deconvolution, and genealogy. These methods, in combination with the DNASolves® database and other resources, enable human ID from forensic evidence.
Secure and Accountable
Forym uniquely offers in-house processing of evidence, from DNA extraction and enrichment, to sequencing and genealogy. Our lab supports chain of custody and is staffed by seasoned forensic DNA analysts with experience testifying in court.
In 1992, human remains were discovered in a ditch. An STR profile search, several facial reconstructions, and an earlier attempt to use DNA testing failed to identify the remains.
In 2020, Boone County Sheriff's Office partnered with Forym to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive profile. Forym's in-house genealogy team performed a genealogical search and returned investigative leads back to Boone County Sheriff's Office, who were able to confirm the woman was Margaret Ann Sniegowski Jr. from Ohio.
In April 1981, the remains of a young woman were found in New Lenox, Illinois. An STR profile was created, but failed to identify the woman.
In 2021, the Will County Coroner’s Office sent the remains to Forym's laboratory and Forym scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile. Forym's in-house genealogy team built out investigative leads that were returned to investigators, who used these leads to identify the woman as Brenda Sue Black.
In 1984, skeletal remains were discovered in Idaho. A DNA profile generated from the remains was entered into CODIS, but no results were found.
In 2022, the remains were sent to Forym, where scientists extracted DNA and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the unknown man. Forym's in-house genealogists returned investigative leads to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office investigators, who used those leads to identify the man as Roger Bennett, who disappeared in early 1982.
In 1988, the body of a female homicide victim was found on Interstate 59 in Dade County, Georgia. An STR profile was created, but failed to identify the woman.
In 2015, the case was reassigned, and evidence was sent to Forym, where a DNA extraction was performed, followed by Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. After building a genealogical profile, Forym returned the profile to agents from the Atlanta and Baltimore FBI. Additional investigative work confirmed the identity of the body as Stacy Lyn Chahorski.
In 1982, male human remains were found in the Escatawpa River by divers searching for a missing female toddler. The remains were collected, and his death was ruled a homicide.
His identity remained a mystery for 40 years, until Jackson County investigators, teaming with Forym, used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and genealogical research to identify a close relative of the man. Due to the degraded quality of the DNA, many attempts were necessary to obtain a useable profile for genealogical search. The unidentified person has now been identified as Gary Simpson.
In 1960, partially buried remains of a young child later dubbed "Little Miss Nobody" were discovered. A DNA profile that was entered into CODIS produced no hits.
In 2021, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office partnered with Forym to identify the girl. Forym scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile despite substantial degradation and non-human DNA burden. Using this, Forym genealogists were able to locate a potential biological sibling, which led to the discovery that the girl was Sharon Lee Gallegos.
In 2001, human remains were found in Nevada. The remains could not be identified during the autopsy, nor through later testing and investigative work. The case went cold.
In 2021, Las Vegas Metropolitan PD teamed with Forym to re-analyze the remains, hoping to generate new leads. A profile was generated with Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, which Forym genealogists used to identify relatives that could help identify the victim. These leads were returned to LVMPD detectives, who confirmed that the homicide victim was Richard Wayne Guarro.
In 1995, a murdered woman was found in a ditch with evidence of a gunshot wound. Exhaustive investigations in identifying a suspect in her murder were unsuccessful.
In 2022, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Detectives teamed with Forym to develop new leads. Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was used to build a DNA profile, from which Forym genealogists produced a suspect candidate. Kitsap County investigators, working with Nogales PD and Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, found that the suspect died in 2016.
In 1980, a skull with evidence of a gunshot wound was found. Many attempts were made to generate leads to an identity, but yielded no clues as to who this man was.
In 2020, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office contacted Forym to attempt to obtain usable DNA from the remains. Forym scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop profile. Forym genealogists delivered investigative leads, which eventually revealed the homicide victim to be Ronald David Chambers, a 28-year-old from GA, reported missing by family in 1979.
In 1988, a hunter found skeletal remains and brought them to a dentist for analysis. In 2009, UNTHSC developed a DNA profile that was searched in CODIS; no hits were found.
In 2021, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office paired with Forym to produce new leads. Forym scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Forym genealogists produced matches that uncovered new leads, which investigators used to confirm the identity of the man as Charles Wane Dodd. An investigation into the details of his death continues.
In 1990, a skull of a 15-18 year old was found in VA. The cause of death was unknown at the time of discovery. Facial reconstruction and CODIS yielded no results.
In late 2021, Stafford County Detectives teamed up with Forym to generate leads. Forym used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile for the unknown man, which Forym genealogists used to perform a genealogical search. This search provided potential names of his father and brother, whose DNA samples confirmed that he was Timothy Alan Mangum.
In 1985, a taxi driver was fatally shot by his passenger, who escaped, but left a sweater with blood on it. An STR profile entered into CODIS produced no hits.
In 2020, Anchorage PD submitted evidence to Forym, aiming to identify the person responsible. Forym scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Using the profile, investigators performed a genealogical search, identifying a person of interest living in Idaho. Anchorage PD worked with Idaho State Troopers, leading to an arrest and subsequent confession.
In 1981, a farmer discovered the remains of an adult man. There was no ID on the individual; all leads were exhausted.
In 2020, the Bethlehem Police Department and FBI Melville Office Investigative Genetic Genealogy Unit worked with Forym to develop a DNA profile using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Forym scientists developed a new DNA extract suitable for advanced DNA testing, which was used to perform a genealogical search. FBI agents were able to identify family members, who confirmed the man was Franklin Feldman.
In May 2012, a deputy discovered the remains of a woman in a vacant property near the Talladega Superspeedway. With all leads exhausted, the case soon went cold.
The Lincoln Police Department partnered with Forym to use advanced DNA testing to determine the identity of the woman. Forym scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile, which was used to produce investigative leads. The agency then confirmed the leads and determined the woman is Jean Turner Ponders.
In 2003, skeletal remains were found during an excavation project. DNA comparison with potential relatives yielded no matches.
In 2021, the Isanti County Sheriff's Office engaged Forym to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile, which was sent to Investigative Genetic Genealogy Consultant Barbara Rae-Venter, who identified a distant relative for the remains. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed a relationship and were able to identify the man as Donald Rindahl.
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Forensic evidence will degrade over time. Don't lose your evidence or allow it to be consumed by inadequate testing. We work with forensic scientists, medical examiners, and law enforcement agencies to achieve results when other approaches failed. Reach out to learn how we can help you with your case.
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Less than 5% of major crimes end in a conviction. For cold cases, that number drops to 1%. David Mittelman’s company, Forym Inc, is revolutionizing DNA sequencing and greatly reducing the number of “unsolvable” cases. This is… A Bit of Optimism. https://t.co/JHvtWOxmnF pic.twitter.com/UlVpH83YeJ— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) January 25, 2022
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