SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Department of Public Safety continues to process approximately 20,000 rape kits that had been previously untested. The process began in 2013. Nearly 2,000 kits are from sexual assaults reported to the San Antonio Police Department.
Monthly Archives: July 2015
Australia’s law enforcement information-sharing agency CrimTrac will soon switch on a new system that will for the first time allow police to compare human remains to long-time missing persons cases across state and territory borders.
The federal government hopes the shared database will finally bring closure to the loved ones of an estimated 1600 long-term missing persons in Australia, who have been unaccounted for longer than six months.
The system will run DNA and other forensic characteristics of the missing individuals against more than 500 unidentified sets of human remains collected and recorded since the 1960s. The data is in the process of being digitized and entered into the system.
…A report from the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory issued on April 29, 2014, which Joel Porter obtained from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office in March, states that the ankle portion of Denise Porter’s gray sweatpants contains her DNA and that of an unknown person. The report ruled out Joel Porter as being connected to the DNA while also finding it isn’t linked to anyone in a nationwide criminal database…
Bode’s DNA and Investigators Conference is a multi-disciplinary event where individuals from crime laboratories, law enforcement, and attorneys will receive training highlighting policy, impact, and technology that effect the law enforcement and legal community.
Leaders from various law enforcement and federal agencies will provide lectures, demonstrations, and mini-workshops on new technologies, new concepts and challenges in the DNA identification field.
Pre-register by Tuesday, August 18 to save $75 on the general registration fee
Ann Rule, whose 1980 study of the serial killer Ted Bundy, “The Stranger Beside Me,” set her on the road to writing dozens of best-selling true-crime books praised for their insight into criminal psychology, died on Sunday at a medical center in Burien, Wash. She was 83.
Time is running out to save on ISHI registration and workshop fees. Register by August 1 and save $100 on symposium registration. After August 1, symposium registration will increase to $755.
Discounted fees are also available for workshop registrations made by the August 1 deadline.
In its three years in operation, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Cold Case Unit brought to close two unsolved homicide cases dating as far back as the 1970s.
The unit was shut down in 2011 after the federal grant that funded it ran out. But DCI officials said they continue to investigate homicides cases that have gone years, or even decades, without justice.
GUILFORD COUNTY — Ten law enforcement agencies have come together with a way to try and get suspects off the streets faster. Officers say it can take up to two years to get tests like DNA results back from the state crime lab – but a new plan on the table could cut down that time significantly.
The union cabinet next week is likely consider a bill to create national DNA database of all those in conflict with law including suspects and volunteers which the critics term as against the “basic tenements of the Constitution”.
ATLANTA — The State Crime Lab has been swamped with rape kits awaiting DNA analysis since March, accelerating in June when police agencies around the state responded to criticism that old evidence wasn’t being tested.
The Department of Justice is insisting that it has no specific appropriation from Congress to fund the testing of rape kits around the country, even though some members of Congress say Justice should have funding from the huge omnibus spending bill from late last year.
Last week, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, accused Justice of failing to fund the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Program, even though Congress authorized that program in 2013, and funded it in 2014.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — With a staff of 175, including 160 scientists, the Department of Forensic Biology of the City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is the largest forensic DNA testing laboratory in the United States and has been at the forefront of developing and testing new technologies for analyzing samples from crime scenes and identifying human remains.