The Yukon RCMP Historical Case Unit and Yukon Coroner's Service Team with Othram to Identify a Homicide Victim from 1981

The homicide victim, Theodore Frederick Kampf, was an American citizen from New Jersey, traveling in Yukon in 1981

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Published September 14 by Michael Vogen
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In May, 1983 human remains were found in a wooded area near the North Fork Dam and Dempster Highway. Despite an extensive investigation at the time by Yukon RCMP, the identity of the human remains seen to be a adult male was never determined. The cause of death was and continues to be seen as suspicious.

In 2019, the newly formed Yukon RCMP HCU began actively working on this investigation with particular emphasis on determining the man's identity. The National DNA Data Bank (NDDB) was able to obtain a DNA profile from his remains. However, no match was made despite comparison attempts made both nationally and internationally.

With all leads exhausted, law enforcement turned to Othram and advanced DNA testing. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive genealogical profile from old, degraded skeletal remains. The Othram genealogy team produced investigative leads that were then returned to the Yukon RCMP HCU. This led investigators to begin working with the Oaklyn Police Department and New Jersey State Police on a missing person case from their jurisdiction. In a joint effort by the University of North Texas Health Science Centre (UNTHSC) and NDDB, comparisons were done between the human remains and the missing person resulting in a match.

The human remains have been identified as Theodore Frederick Kampf, an American citizen from New Jersey. Mr. Kampf, who was 46-years old at the time, travelled from New Jersey to the Yukon in July, 1981. His family reported him missing in October after he stopped contacting them. Investigators have continued this investigation and believe that Mr. Kampf was murdered in the same month – July 1981 by a person or persons. Please help us in determining what happened to Mr. Kampf. Anyone who has knowledge of Mr. Kampf and / or the events leading up to his death is asked to call or email the Yukon RCMP Historic Case tip line, 867-667-5500,

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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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