Just before Thanksgiving, Boersma was able to tell the family that Lewis had finally been positively identified, he said.
âThe wheels of justice turn quite slowly at times, but we didn’t want to forget that,â Boersma said.
The family are planning an official service for Lewis, and his remains will be sent back to Peru to be buried next to his father.
Asked about the cost of Redgrave Research Forensic Services efforts, Boersma said: “Invaluable”.
“He’s someone’s child, and someone has to take him home,” he said.
Redgrave estimated the cost of such an investigation to be around $ 6,000. Boersma later said his office was able to secure grants to pay about half the cost.
Redgrave said he started using this method of technology in 2018, but others have used it before.
âThe theory has always been there,â he said. âWhen adoptees started finding out about their birth parents, people started to think, ‘Why can’t we use it for cold cases? “”
Redgrave said the method his team is using is a new area.
“It is an effective way to close a case,” he said. “And in my opinion, it will only accelerate.”