Daily Archives: August 27, 2010

NamUs Database Provides National Information Clearinghouse for Missing Persons’ Cases and Unidentified Decedents


Government Technology
There are as many as 100,000 active missing persons cases in the United States at any one time. Family members and friends typically file missing persons reports with local law enforcement agencies in hopes of locating the person — or at least getting closure in the event the story doesn’t have a happy ending. And when medical examiners and coroners can’t identify the deceased, the person is added to the ranks of the nation’s John and Jane Does. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) estimates that there are approximately 40,000 unidentified human remains nationwide.

Lancashire forensics lead the way in solving crime


BBC News
A forensic scientist in Lancashire who helped to catch a rapist 21 years after the attack, has talked of her delight at his conviction.

Lesley Marshall – who’s now 51 – was sent to jail this week for raping a woman in Burnley in 1989.

The Forensic Science Service at Chorley matched his DNA from that attack to a sample given by him after a recent motoring offence

First use of DNA database pays dividends

JoongAng Daily Korea
Korea’s first use of deoxyribonucleic acid, simply known as DNA, as part of its database is paying off, as officials from the scientific investigation division of the National Police Agency (NPA) said yesterday they were able to match 30 criminals to 47 previously unsolved cases just a month after the creation of the new division.

Police said they had collected 1,145 samples of DNA during the past month from those serving prison terms for homicide, rape, sexual assault against minors, armed robbery and arson.

Mansfield murder trial: Forensics take forefront

The Mansfield News Journal
MANSFIELD — What most likely was the second of four shots fired at 25-year-old DeCarrio Couley seems to have been the fatal shot.
That was the testimony Thursday from Dr. George Stebenz, chief deputy medical examiner for Summit County, on the third day of Christopher L. Brown’s murder trial.

Brown, 27, of 344 W. Sixth St., is accused of killing Couley on March 9 as the two walked on Sycamore Street near Sixth Street. The charges against Brown are two counts each of murder, attempted murder and felonious assault — all with gun specifications — and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.