Larry Eyler victim 'Brad Doe' identified by the DNA Doe Project!

My video on Brad Doe's identification is here for people who prefer this format:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oerSKoq5EbM ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On 18 October 1983, mushroom foragers in Lake Village, Indiana stumbled across two human skulls near an abandoned farmhouse. When police investigators arrived at the scene, they found a total of four sets of human remains there, two of which were later identified as Michael Bauer and John Bartlett. It was later discovered that all four of them were victims of the serial killer Larry Eyler, otherwise known as the ‘Highway Killer’, who killed at least 21 people in less than two years during the 1980s. Eyler died of AIDS-related complications in 1994, but before his death he confessed to the murders of the four men found in Lake Village. As per his instructions, his attorney released his confession posthumously, which outlined the circumstances of his victims’ deaths in graphic detail. One of these victims was a white male, thought to be in his late teens or twenties, who became known as Brad Doe. Eyler claimed to have murdered this victim in May 1983, after meeting him at the home of his accomplice in Terre Haute, Indiana. Decades passed as Brad Doe lay unidentified, but in 2021 the DNA Doe Project (DDP) took on his case, having already identified Charlene Doe, another murder victim from the same county. Earlier today, nearly 40 years after his horrific murder, it was revealed that Brad Doe has been identified as John Ingram Brandenburg Jr., a 19 year old man who’d gone missing from Chicago in 1983. After his DNA was uploaded to GEDmatch, a relatively close match showed up in the database, who shared 479cM of DNA with him. This allowed DDP volunteers to swiftly identify a likely set of ancestors for the victim, which eventually led to Brandenburg. As a side note, I had the privilege of being part of the team that worked to identify Brad Doe, and so I’d like to thank everyone who’s uploaded their DNA data to GEDmatch. We were only able to reunite him with his identity thanks to his DNA matches, and I’d encourage anyone who’s considering uploading their DNA to GEDmatch or FTDNA to bear in mind that their decision could be the reason that a family finally finds out what happened to a loved one. Out of the four victims found in Lake Village, only one remains unidentified. Eyler deprived him of his name when he killed him all those years ago, but he’s now known by the moniker ‘Adam Doe’, and the DNA Doe Project is currently working on his case too. If you’re interested in helping to identify Adam, as well as the dozens of other Does whose cases the DDP are working on, then links to walkthrough videos on how to upload your DNA to GEDmatch and FTDNA can be found below. If you have any more questions about this process, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them as well as I can. It’s also advisable to read the terms of service at GEDmatch and FTDNA before deciding whether or not to upload, as well as being aware that taking a consumer DNA test can lead to discoveries regarding your family tree that you may not be expecting. GEDmatch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BcwsSv1eVU&t=4s FTDNA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5lrYbbkjpE&t=2s For anyone looking for more information on this case, there are articles about it below: https://dnadoeproject.org/case/brad-doe-newton-co-1983/?fbclid=IwAR1Ia0fqM37pixyuLerMi0S45GkSeSQu6_DQ8DCB7vnt6EL5s9szXp0gXxs https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/indiana-coroner-vows-to-identify-murder-victims/article_ce511508-d1e1-5d93-9f24-5f7790038150.html https://abc7chicago.com/serial-killer-chicago-john-ingram-brandenburg-human-remains/10545009/