Daniel Anderson

Daniel Alan Anderson has been identified as the lead suspect in the murder of 15-year-old John Muncy. Muncy’s dismembered body was located beside a roadway in Delaware County, Ohio on October 16, 1983. It is thought that Muncy was kidnapped from the East Side of Columbus, Ohio, near where he lived.

The blood of the suspected perpetrator was collected from Muncy’s body at the time of the offence, and a DNA profile was later obtained. The FGG investigation was conducted by Parabon Nanolabs. The FGG investigation in this case narrowed the suspect pool down to Daniel or one of his two brothers. FGG can often narrow a suspect down to a sibling cohort, and these siblings must then be eliminated through additional investigative methods. In this case, Daniel’s two living brothers were quickly eliminated as suspects without their DNA being tested. There is no data in this case as to how the initial confirmation was made.

Anderson died in 2013, and so the case has been cleared by exception. Investigators state that Anderson had a violent criminal past involving other young boys.


Associated Press. “Authorities Solve Cold-Case Slaying of Dismembered Teen Boy.” U.S. News, April 30, 2020. Accessed December 10, 2020. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/ohio/articles/2020-04-30/authorities-solve-cold-case-slaying-of-dismembered-teen-boy.

Narciso, Dean. “After 36 Years, Delaware County Detectives Solve Slaying of 15-Year-Old Columbus Boy.” Columbus Dispatch, April 29, 2020. Accessed December 10, 2020. https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200429/after-36-years-delaware-county-detectives-solve-slaying-of-15-year-old-columbus-boy.

Unidentified and Missing People. “Thanks to Renowned Forensic Genealogist CeCe Moore and Her Team at Parabon Nanolabs.” Facebook (Post), May 1, 2020. Accessed December 10, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/UnidentifiedAndMissingPeople/posts/thanks-to-renowned-forensic-genealogist-cece-moore-and-her-team-at-parabon-nanol/2668743406737859/.


First Name Daniel
Last Name Anderson
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started 2018-04-00
Case Cleared 2020-04-29
IGG Org Parabon


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1356 John Muncy 15 1983-10-16 Columbus, OH Delaware CSO Second degree murder Case was cleared by exception due to death of perpetrator n/a

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.