Daily Archives: April 11, 2014

New Solicitation: Solving Cold Cases With DNA

Justice DeptNIJ seeks applications from States and units of local government for funding under the Solving Cold Cases With DNA program to identify, review, and investigate Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Part 1 Violent Crime “cold cases” that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis, and to locate and analyze the biological evidence associated with these cases. NIJ’s goal is to make funding available to States and units of local government for projects that will address all three of the following purpose areas:
1. Case review—to identify, review, and prioritize violent crime cold cases that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis (by appropriate persons such as prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists, and medical examiners) in order to determine whether DNA analysis of any existing biological evidence could help solve the cold case.
2. Location of evidence—to identify, collect, retrieve, and evaluate biological evidence from such cases that may reasonably be expected to contain DNA.
3. DNA analysis of biological evidence—to perform DNA analyses on such biological evidence, including the handling and screening of this evidence.
The deadline for applications is May 27, but the application process can be time-consuming; start now.

Cold cases could stay ‘on ice’ if lawmakers don’t fund unit

Justice and DNA1HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – It took 25 years for Edith Skinner’s killer to be arrested. Her son, Steve Skinner credits the state’s DNA squad with pinpointing Gerald Austin as the one who raped and murdered the 81-year old.
Investigators with the DNA squad found Austin and took a sample from him. That sample was then put into a database which linked him to the case. Her son says justice, after 25 years, was overwhelming.