Canada’s much-anticipated DNA data bank for linking missing persons with unidentified remains has been heralded as a powerful new tool to identify the nameless and help put killers behind bars. The Conservative government has also touted the data bank as a way to bring some closure to families of missing aboriginal women whose loved ones may, in fact, be dead – their unclaimed remains buried in unmarked graves or stored at coroners’ offices in cardboard boxes.
The Netherlands’ DNA database made its 25,000th match last night. It involved a match between evidence found in the Netherlands and a person whose DNA profile is in the Austrian DNA database.
NEW DELHI: Government intends to introduce the Human DNA Profiling Bill, to enable identification of bodies and missing persons and create a DNA database, in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament.
PHOENIX – ABC15 has a look inside an Arizona crime lab following Phoenix Police cracking two cold cases from the early 1990’s.
Police said DNA evidence links Bryan Patrick Miller to the murders of 22-year-old Angela Brasso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas.
The Arizona DPS crime lab stores evidence for years, even decades until detectives are able to solve cases.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Jan 16, 2015) – Public Safety Canada
Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced that the Harper Government was fulfilling its Economic Action Plan 2014 commitment to create a national DNA-based Missing Persons Index and that this legislation has now received Royal Assent.
MADISON, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) — Wisconsin’s departing attorney general says he is confidence crime labs are prepared to handle a dramatic increase in requests for D-N-A tests.
Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding is rallying support to expand the state’s DNA database.
The General Assembly is set to meet in January. And if Sheriff Chip Harding gets his wish, a new piece of legislation to expand the DNA database will become law.
He says if law enforcement can collect DNA from people convicted of misdemeanors, it will make it easier to track down criminals when more serious crimes happen.
A local law enforcement official says that the death of Hannah Graham is another example of the need to expand Virginia’s repository of DNA evidence.
Virginia’s DNA databank was first established in 1989. Albemarle Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding has previously pushed to expand the state’s collection of evidence by requiring DNA to be collected for the databank at every criminal conviction.
In the 1993 movie Jurassic Park, DNA was used to genetically engineer dinosaurs, which then, of course, ran amok on an island amusement park. Three years later — not in a movie but in real life — scientists used DNA to famously clone Dolly the sheep.
Closer to home, the science is being used by local law enforcement agencies to help them catch bad guys. DNA helps them identify suspects, link crime scenes where there are no suspects, rule out suspects, and determine whether a serial offender may be involved in a crime.
In 2013, Lethbridge regional police were able to check DNA on a beer can they found inside a pickup truck that had been stolen from its owner. That DNA led them to a suspect who pleaded guilty in court to one count of possession of stolen property.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma lawmakers have scheduled a study on legislation that would require persons accused of crimes to provide samples of their DNA.
Defendants convicted of certain crimes in the state are already required to provide DNA samples to law enforcement authorities to determine if they can be linked to unsolved crimes. But Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing says she wants authorities to be able to secure DNA samples earlier in the criminal justice process.
Hong Nam-soon, 84, holds a photo showing her younger sister, who went missing during the early days of the Korean War. Hong hopes a new genetic testing program for South Koreans separated from family members in the North during the Korean War will help her find her sister. Officials say DNA material collected from some 1,200 elderly South Koreans this year may help their descendants — and the descendants of their North Korean relatives — someday find each other.
CHRIS UHLMANN: New South Wales Police have taken DNA from hundreds of former offenders this year – even though they’re not suspected of any crime.
It’s the beginning of a plan to take a further 2,000 samples in the coming 12 months.
Police are planning to take a further 2,000 samples over the next 12 months, adding to 1,000 already collected, to build a comprehensive DNA database.
For more than a decade after he broke into a Toledo home, raped and hogtied a woman who’d been asleep in her bed, Aaron Lamont Beamon got away with the violent crime.
It would take time and the nation’s massive database of DNA samples to catch up with Beamon.
Now 39, he is to be sentenced Sept. 9 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty in June to rape, kidnapping, burglary, and robbery in connection with the Oct. 15, 2001, attack on the 21-year-old victim.
Oman is preparing to create a DNA database of jailed criminals, according to Muscat Daily.
The move would help improve police investigations and prosecutions, a senior official was quoted as saying.