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Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a well-known Forensic Genealogist
who consultants for major military and civilian organizations. She
has been a key member of the AFDIL team on the identification of
the frozen arm and hand found in the wreckage of Northwest
Flight 4422 that crashed in Alaska in 1948; the identification was
July 2010      Consultant, Elmer Crawford Murder Case
             Melbourne, Victoria Police Department

Assisted Melbourne law enforcement in locating a mitochondrial DNA reference in
Ireland and Australia for fugitive killer Elmer Crawford who murdered his wife and
three children in 1970 in Australia, to establish whether or not a look-alike drifter in   
Texas was Crawford. (He was not.)  See
Identifinders Blog entries August 29-      
September 1, 2010,
DNA Rule-Out for Cold Case Australia, Parts I & II.

Feb 2010      Consultant, Grim Sleeper Serial Murder Case
            Los Angeles Police Department

Assisted the LAPD with the identification of the Grim Sleeper Serial Murderer through  
comparing his DNA profile with genetic genealogy database.  Was able to confirm killer
was African American along the male line of his family.

Feb 09-Pres Consultant, Benjaman Kyle Amnesia Victim Identification

Directing and organizing efforts, with the help of Benjaman’s advocate, with the  
identification of amnesia victim found in Savannah, GA in 2002.  See story on  
Identifinders website at Benjaman Kyle, the Man without An Identity. You can
get the latest updates on his situation from
Benjaman's page on the Identifinders

Sep 2008      Consultant, Herman Rosenblat Holocaust Fraud Exposure

Strategist and researcher for team that exposed Herman Rosenblat’s soon-to-be-    
published and Oprah-touted best-selling “apple over the fence” Holocaust memoire as a
fraud.  Publication was subsequently canceled.  See story on
Identifinders website
Identifinders Strikes Again!  Forensic Genealogists Unmask Another Holocaust

Mar 2008     Chair and Organizer, Forensic Science Workshop and Panel     
           Discussion, Defense and Security Symposium
           SPIE Optical Society, Orlando, FL.

Feb 2008     Consultant, Misha Defonseca Holocaust Fraud Exposure

Strategist and researcher for team that exposed Misha Defonseca’s best-selling      
Holocaust memoir Surviving with Wolves as a fraud.  Read story on
website at Misha Defonseca Cries Wolf, Holocaust Fraud Exposed.

2008-Pres     Consultant, Amelia Earhart Location

Only person to successfully locate a family reference for Fred Noonan, Amelia
Earhart's navigator for DNA testing the remains found on Gardener Island in the
Pacific. Should authentic DNA be retrieved by any of the Amelia Earhart search
projects, and that DNA not match Amelia's reference, it will be necessary to compare
the DNA to Fred's reference to have a chance in solving the mystery of their

2007-2008     Consultant, U.S. Armed Force DNA Identification Laboratory
            Rockville, MD

Identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic. See Identifinders blog entries
Unknown Child on the Titanic August 14-21, 2010.

The Hand in the Snow (Northwest Flight 4422) Project; Identification of the          
remains of a merchant mariner killed in the crash of Northwest Airlines Flight #4422,   
Alaska, March 18, 1948. 
Identifinders website at The Hand in the

Mar 2007      Chair and Organizer, Forensic Science Workshop and Panel    
            Discussion, Defense and Security Symposium
            SPIE Optical Society, Orlando, FL.

2006-2008    Consultant, Hebron Investments, Scottsdale, AZ

Locating owners of unclaimed property based on a name and a last known address
sometimes over 20 years old.  Specializing in international locations including Taiwan,
Japan, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Argentina, Panama, Guatemala, the US, Canada, the
Netherland Antilles, Estonia, Lebanon, Morocco, France, Italy, and England.

2006-2007    Consultant, Becker Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

Edited and reworked proposal to Discovery Channel for a series on forensic genealogy.  
Episodes involved the genealogies of famous people of various ethnic backgrounds.


Andy Yeiser studied physics at MIT and University of California,
Berkeley, but switched to computer engineering early on. He gave
up aerospace and teaching at UCLA to start his own
multi-disciplinary company. He sold it and retired to assignments
as an engineering consultant with the United Nations in Turkey,
Special Projects
featured worldwide in the print media and on MSNBC. She also worked with AFDIL on
the identification of the remains of the Unknown Child of the Titanic. She has consulted
on the Misha Defonseca case, in which the author of the international bestseller Misha:
A Memoire of the Holocaust (known in Europe as Surviving with Wolves) was exposed
as a fraud. Colleen is now the forensic genealogist for the possible discovery of the
remains of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on Gardener Island in the
Pacific. Because she is highly multi-lingual with extensive international travel
experience, she consults with county medical examiners and investment companies
with an emphasis on international searches.

Colleen received her PhD in nuclear physics and her MS in physics from Duke
University in Durham, NC.  She received her BA in physics from Rice University. In
the course of her scientific career, she taught at Sam Houston State University in
Huntsville, TX, was a Member of the Technical Staff at Rockwell International, Seal
Beach, CA, went on to work as a Senior Scientist at Spectron Development
Laboratories in Costa Mesa, CA.  In 1989 when she was laid off at the beginning of the
aerospace downturn, Colleen founded her own high-tech optics company Rice Systems
in her garage, through which she contracted with NASA, The US Department of
Defense, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other
government and civilian organizations.  In 2005 Rice Systems was chosen to design the
sensors on the Jupiter Icy Moon Orbiter (JIMO) project, the next spacecraft to
Jupiter.  When the program was canceled in favor of a lunar probe, Colleen retired
temporarily, only to become the author of three of the best-selling books in genealogy,
and a world-famous forensic genealogist.

For Colleen's abbreviated resume,
click here. For Colleen's full resume, including
Colleen's books, magazine articles, speaking engagements, interviews, awards, and
scientific publications,
click here. Please see a list of her special projects below.
Egypt, India, Nigeria, Austria, Guyana, Malaysia, Yugoslavia, and many other countries.
In Kinshasa, Zaire when having difficulties boarding a flight to Goma, Andy was
surprised to get help from Idi Amin. When Andy thanked him, Mr. Amin replied, “No
problem. Just call me Idi.” Andy considers this period of his life as 30 years of paid

Andy's interest in science was rekindled in Colleen Fitzpatrick's optics lab and is now
focused on DNA and genetics. Andy also consults on engineering and business
management from his base in Huntington Beach, CA.