Monthly Archives: February 2017

Va. Beach rape kits get hits in CODIS DNA database

dna-testNORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — Rape victims in Hampton Roads are one step closer to justice.
13News Now has uncovered the results of newly-tested rape kits from some of our local police departments, and they match suspects in the national database.
Some of the victims in these cases have been waiting for test results of their rape kits for decades. We now know evidence from 14 of the kits sent from Virginia Beach Police matches profiles already in CODIS.

DNA evidence revealed

evidence-collectionMENOMINEE — Jolene Eichhorn’s blood was found in Gregory Ihander’s home and on his clothing, and Ihander’s DNA was found along with Eichhorn’s on the bloody sandals found in a trash bag in his bathroom Sept. 9, 2015.
A DNA expert from the Michigan State Police Department of Forensic Science in Grand Rapids testified Friday in Menominee County Circuit Court to the DNA matches that were found on several items taken from Ihander’s home and on the clothing he was wearing the day he was arrested.

GBI plans for new regional crime lab to address growing population, caseload

Gray DNAThe case load has grown for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Coastal Regional crime laboratory since the unassuming brick building was built on Savannah’s southside 30 years ago.
But apart from the addition of an annex to house the facility’s morgue and medical staff in 2003, the lab on Mohawk Street has stayed pretty much the same, and GBI officials say it’s time for an upgrade.

Forensic Artist Gives Unidentified Bones a Face

arkansas-artistLITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Right now, there are more than 100 unidentified persons cases in Arkansas. That’s more than 100 families that are missing a loved one.
Even though some missing persons’ remains may have been found, they have yet to be claimed.

Public Crime Lab Funding Webinar Recording, Transcript, and Slides Now Available

Justice Dept

NIJ held a webinar to provide details and guidance for potential applicants to several solicitations for publicly funded crime laboratories. Materials from the webinar are now available online.
Watch the recording.
Read the transcript.
Review the presentation slides.

Open solicitations discussed in the webinar include:
• Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories Due February 27
• Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Competitive Due March 10
• Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Formula Due March 10
• Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program Due March 13
• DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program Due March 13

Promega Corporation Brings High-Performance DNA Analysis to the Benchtop with New Spectrum Compact CE Instrument

spectrum_compact_ce_system_webreadyMADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Soon scientists will be able to perform efficient DNA analysis right at their bench. Promega Corporation has announced the development of a benchtop capillary electrophoresis (CE) instrument in collaboration with Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation. The Spectrum Compact CE System meets small batch and single sample needs in DNA analysis and performs both sequencing and fragment analysis at a moment’s notice.

From SWGDAM: Recommendations for the Efficient DNA Processing Of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

swgdam1The SWGDAM Recommendations for Efficient DNA Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits are now available.

What happens to unidentified remains after case goes cold?

burial-siteIn February 2012, a Manorville man walking his dog in a wooded area near his house made a startling discovery: a human skull and other skeletal remains.
Five years later, all forensic analysts have discovered is that the remains were those of a man, likely white with brown hair and anywhere from 30 to 50 years old. His right fibula had been fractured but had healed.

Forensic DNA profiling might be about to take a big leap forward. Are we ready?

evidence-collectionPicture the scene. A detective is addressing her team:
“The DNA test results are in. We’re looking for a white male suspect, 34–37 years old, born in the summer in a temperate climate. He’s used cocaine in the past. His mother smoked, but he doesn’t. He drinks heavily, like his Dad. We’re seeing high stress levels, and looking at the air pollution markers, let’s start looking downtown, probably near a major intersection”.

DNA evidence used to link accused killer to murder victim ‘scientifically corrupt’: Defence expert

Helix3The DNA evidence used to link Mark Grant to the murder of 13-year-old Candace Derksen was not properly analyzed, according to a genetics professor.
The defence called on Dr. Bruce Budowle, of the University of North Texas Health Science Centre, who testified in the Grant retrial Monday.