PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say they’ve solved the 21-year-old killing of a Portland resident by matching crime scene DNA evidence to data in a public genealogy site, leading to a murder indictment against Christopher Lovrien.
Lovrien, 52, was arrested Monday and booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, accused of intentionally causing Mark Dribin’s death sometime between July 3 and July 6, 1999.
Dribin, 42, disappeared between July 2 and July 6, 1999. He was reported missing after he failed to show up at his job as a cargo worker at Portland International Airport.
Portland detectives checked his home and at the time then-Detective Sgt. John Minnis said they found forensic evidence, including blood on the walls and attempts to clean it off, suggesting Dribin had been killed there.
Dribin’s car, which had been stolen from his residence, was found days later. At the time, police suspected the killing resulted from a relationship gone bad.
Dribin’s family members over the years pressed for information on Mark’s case.
In March 2019, the Police Bureau’s cold case unit reopened the case and submitted DNA evidence from Dribin’s case to a private lab for forensic genetic genealogy analysis.
The private lab compared the evidence to DNA in publicly available databases, including profiles from those who share their information from consumer DNA testing companies to search for relatives who have submitted their DNA.
Oregon State Police forensic scientist Janelle Moore and Portland Detective Brendan McGuire were called to present information to a grand jury, which last week returned an indictment.
It wasn’t immediately known if Lovrien has a lawyer to comment for him.