‘The Genetic Detective’: Killer DNA Revealed In ABC Show: Jay Cook , Tanya Van Cuylenborg, William Talbot Case


The Genetic Detective is a new docuseries coming to ABC. It follows CeCe Moore as she uses her detective and genealogy skills to solve crimes. This show is like no other. In The Genetic Detective, CeCe Moore assists police departments in solving crimes of the past using DNA. We’ve never thought about it before, but a criminal’s family tree can link a killer to America’s most horrible unsolved murder cases.

For years, CeCe Moore has helped adopted children reunite with their families, resolving long-held family secrets and mysteries. ABC’s The Genetic Detective opens the series tonight with a case that baffled Seattle’s Snohomish County police for decades: the murder of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, a couple who vanished during a ferry ride in 1987.


Their bodies were discovered in separate locations bound and gagged. The killer was a middle-aged truck driver named William Talbott II. His DNA matched what was found at the crime scene, and a family tree and an entry at GEDMatch led police to him. Tonight’s episode is “The Case of the Missing Lovebirds.”┬áIt airs tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.

  • The Genetic Detective: episode “The Case of the Missing Lovebirds.”
  • A romantic weekend getaway for a Canadian high-school sweetheart couple turns tragic after the two disappear and are later found savagely murdered.


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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.