In February of 2019, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation received a tip regarding Griffith and opened a missing persons case with the Astabula County Sheriff’s Office. Through BCI’s Project LINK (Linking Individuals Not Known), DNA was collected from Griffith’s family and uploaded into the national Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recently contacted the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas with a request to review the case tied to the unidentified remains, a release said. When Griffith’s DNA profile was uploaded into CODIS, it matched the profile submitted by BCI. Through additional DNA testing and more information from Griffith’s family, his identity was confirmed.