Category Archives: Cold Cases

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Law To Account For Untested Rape Kits

sole DNAWASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On April 4, Governor McAuliffe signed SB 658, a bill that takes the first step towards removing dangerous criminals from the streets of Virginia. The new law, sponsored by State Senator Richard Black (Leesburg) requires all Virginia law enforcement agencies to account for any untested sexual assault kits in their evidence storage facilities. By doing so, Virginia joins a growing number of states taking steps to account for valuable, yet long ignored, rape case evidence.

DA seeks new test on rape suspect with identical twin

twin dnaA man charged with brutally raping two women in 2004 is facing what should be slam-dunk DNA evidence, which normally should definitively prove whether he did it. But prosecutors have one problem.
The suspect, Dwayne McNair, has an identical twin brother, Dwight.

University of North Texas DNA lab helps solve 42-year-old mystery

StudebakerThe nationally known DNA lab at the University of North Texas has helped solve the mystery of what happened to two South Dakota high school girls who disappeared in late May 1971.

5 cold case homicides revived in Grand Junction

dna-profilingGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Tuesday he is confident he can successfully prosecute five unsolved cases dating back half a century if enough evidence can be re-examined and witnesses located.
Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said Tuesday there is no indication the cases are related, but investigators are hoping advancements in DNA testing will help bring justice.

DNA ties man to 1997 murder of teenage runaway found in Wisconsin marsh

DNA in BlueRACINE, Wis. – Authorities in Wisconsin and Oklahoma used DNA and fingerprint analysis to connect an Illinois man to the cold-case slaying of a teenage runaway whose battered body was found in a Wisconsin marsh in 1997, the Racine County sheriff said Tuesday.

Stay away, don’t try to play with us: Dubai Police tell Pink Panther gang

pinkpnaantherDUBAI // Dubai Police worked closely with the production company behind a film about the notorious Pink Panthers jewellery thieves to get the message across that criminal activity will not be tolerated in the UAE.

New phone clue in hunt for Claudia Lawrence sparks DNA testing for 2,000 men

ClaudiaUK- POLICE are being urged to conduct mass DNA screening tests on men living in an area of York where missing chef Claudia Lawrence had spent time secretly shortly before her disappearance five years ago.

New DNA evidence leads to suspect in 2000 sex assault case

Justice and DNA1CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) – An inmate could see some added time in prison after DNA linked him to a sex assault case from more than a decade ago.

Four Years Later, NK Police Arrest B&E Subject after DNA Hit

DNA imageA shard of glass, some blood and a hit in the state DNA database four years later appears to have closed a break-in from 2010 at Kane’s Gun Shop.

Firm To Help Police Analyze DNA Found In East Liberty Double Murder

DNA in BluePITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An outside firm will help police analyze the forensic evidence that led to the arrest of the neighbor of tow sisters murdered in East Liberty.
Though he proclaims his innocence, police are confident they have already built a formidable case against Allen Wade.

FBI, authorities launch task force after DNA lead reignites interest in decades-old cold case

gypsy-hill-killingsThe FBI and California law enforcement agencies are launching a task force in an attempt to solve a decades-old cold case after linking another victim to a series of 1976 murders.

Bulgarian police recover DNA evidence of one of Burgas bombers

Red HelisHezbollah operative who remotely detonated bomb in suicide bomber’s backpack left hats, towel in hotel room which yield DNA evidence.

Old crimes can’t elude new DNA science

Hennepin Co AnalystMinute traces of DNA evidence can now be tested, helping Hennepin County investigators solve two murders, uncover three serial rapists and obtain dozens of convictions.

DNA testing of remains found at Florida’s Dozier School for Boys will take months

Dozier SchoolFort Worth, TX — The DNA testing of bones recently sent to the University of North Texas Health Science Center from the now-closed Dozier School for Boys in the Florida panhandle will likely take months to complete.
After University of South Florida researchers announced they’d unearthed 55 bodies at Dozier — 24 more than official records said were buried there — officials sent bone and tooth samples from 5 of the bodies to Texas for testing.

Cold case solved: Fairfield woman’s murder was mystery for 30 years

cold case evidenceFor more than 30 years, the mystery of who brutally raped and murdered Priscilla Lee Strole, 40, inside her Fairfield home remained unresolved.
Thanks to forensic breakthroughs, including a national fingerprint database and DNA evidence collected at the scene of the grisly murder, and the persistent efforts of a cold case detective team, the mystery has been solved, police said Tuesday.