Monthly Archives: December 2013

A look at why it took 6 years for ‘Jane Doe 2’ to be identified

MitoIt was a bittersweet moment in mid-September when relatives of Joyvaline “Joy” Martinez gathered at the New Britain Police Department for the announcement that the remains of a woman previously called “Jane Doe 2” was actually the vibrant 24-year-old who had been missing for 10 years.

A tough job for technicians at Forensic Science Laboratory

dna-profilingTechnicians at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Madiwala here have a tough job on hand. Short-staffed, the laboratory is working overtime to analyse the DNA samples of the 26 victims of the Nanded Express fire accident and match them with their relatives’.

Year in science: Old bones yield new revelations about kings and genes

DNA HelixGenetics isn’t just for the living, as the past year’s scientific revelations have demonstrated. Whether it’s identifying King Richard III’s long-lost bones or tracing humanity’s tangled family tree, DNA analysis is shedding new light on mysteries that have lain buried for ages.

DNA evidence catches Padiham diesel thief

Scales of JusticeA 31-year-old Padiham man who syphoned £80-worth of diesel out of a farm vehicle claimed he had run out of fuel.

Gaul trawler crew DNA test results ‘in January’ after human remains found in Russia

Gaul CrewFAMILIES of the lost crew of the Gaul could know the results of DNA tests on human remains discovered in Russia by the end of January. Up to ten bodies are being examined after they were discovered buried under rocks in the Murmansk region of Russia.

Indiana Supreme Court rules on evidence

Gavel2INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that criminal defendants aren’t entitled to question in court every person who handled evidence used against them.

J.B. Van Hollen wants changes to law on DNA collection

DNA GraphicMadison — State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he hopes lawmakers early next year will reconsider some of the changes they made to the state’s new law requiring DNA collection from anyone arrested for a felony

Computers work overtime in crime lab

NCWith each passing day, law enforcement might be coming closer to clearing unsolved cases.
Take the case of Kenneth Crawford, the 46-year-old man killed in his Village Lane apartment in September 2006. Evidence at the scene has provided a clear DNA profile of a woman believed responsible for his death.

WJCC Prosecutor: DNA of Family Member Leads Investigators to Suspect in Rape Case

DNA imageInvestigators from the Williamsburg Police Department looking to solve a rape case and an attempted rape case in the early 2000s had a DNA profile, but it did not match anyone in the system.

10-Year Backlog of 12,000 Untested Rape Kits in Memphis May Have Resulted in More Rapes

sexual assault kitsThe city of Memphis, Tennessee, allowed its backlog of untested rape kits to reach 12,000 over a 10-year period, prompting one victim to sue the police department to speed up testing.

Holiday Wishes from Forensic Connect

Warmest Wishes for a Peaceful Holiday and a Prosperous New Year to all of our readers around the world!

Bone relic in Goa church might be of Queen Ketevan of Georgia

Queen KetevanThe St. Augustinian Church in Goa, where the remnants of a 400-year-old bone relic was found. An ancient DNA study conducted by CSIR-CCMB showed that it might belong to Queen Ketevan of Georgia— Photo: Special arrangement The first ancient DNA study in South Asia has revealed that a 400-year-old bone relic kept in St. Augustinian Church in Goa is likely to be a remnant of Queen Ketevan of Georgia (eastern Europe), who was born in a royal family in 1565 in the medieval period.

Cost a concern for Oklahoma DNA database

DNA 2Cost could be a formidable barrier to expanding DNA collection in Oklahoma.
State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, has proposed legislation to expand DNA collect to those arrested on suspicion of felonies or 18 misdemeanor crimes. Jolley’s bill did not set aside funding to pay for additional DNA tests, although “I think the state has to pay for the testing,” Jolley said. “I don’t think that’s something that the local law enforcement agencies should be expected to do.”
No state study has been conducted on the potentially higher costs.

New science helped solve 2001 Williamsburg rape

CourtVirginia approved familial DNA testing two years ago

Year in Review: New discoveries reshape debate over human ancestry

AustralopithicusHuman evolution appears poised for a scientific makeover, as unexpected and provocative findings have raised new questions this year about two poorly understood periods leading to the emergence of Homo sapiens.