Anne Arundel County PD & FBI Leverage Othram's Genetic Testing Platform to Identify a 1970 Murder Suspect

After more than a half-century, the second suspect in the murder of 16-year-old high-school student Pamela Lynn Conyers has been identified as Donald Willard.

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Published March 18, 2024 by Michael Vogen
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In October 1970, 16-year-old Pamela Lynn Conyers was reported missing to the Anne Arundel County Police Department by her family when she did not return home after running an errand at the Harundale Mall. Several days after she was reported missing, the automobile that she was driving at the time of her disappearance was located in a wooded area near Mountain Road and Route 100, which was under construction at the time.

On Tuesday, October 20, Conyer’s body was discovered a short distance from the vehicle. The manner of death was determined to be homicide. Evidence was collected at the scene, however, modern DNA testing was not available at the time. Despite exhaustive efforts from investigators, attempts to solve the murder of Pamela Conyers stalled. Last year, the FBI lead a team that produced a break in the case and finally identfiied a suspect in the murder of Conyer, Forrest Clyde Williams III. Williams, who was from Virginia, died before his identification in 2023. In addition to Williams, investigators believed there was a second suspect because a second unknown male profile was developed from crime scene evidence. The Anne Arundel County Police Department, working with the FBI, sought the assistance of Othram to determine if advanced DNA testing could help to identify the second suspect.

In March 2023, the Anne Arundel County Police Department submitted forensic evidence to Othram in The Woodlands, Texas. Othram scientists successfully developed a comprehensive DNA profile using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. After successfully building the profile, the profile was then delivered to investigators who worked with the FBI's forensic genetic genealogy team to generate new leads in the case.

With these new investigative leads in hand, a follow-up investigation ensued. Investigators were eventually able to identify the second person responsible for the murder of Pamela Conyers as Donald Willard, formerly from Montgomery County, Maryland. Unfortunately, Willard died prior to being identified.

Although both Forrest Clyde Williams, III and Donald Willard have now been identified as suspects, police are asking anyone with information pertaining to the murder of Pam Conyers or with information about Mr. Willard and/or Mr. Williams, to contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-4731. You may remain anonymous and call the TipLine at 410-222-4700.

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Michael Vogen

Michael Vogen

Director of Case Management

2829 Technology Forest Blvd Suite 100, The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Michael works with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada on “unsolvable“ cases that can benefit from advanced DNA testing methods. He helps these agencies use cutting edge DNA sequencing and new forensic techniques to develop investigative leads for their cases.

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