Daily Archives: July 29, 2014

MH17: 60 cases processed to date, says DVI team leader

MH 17UTRECHT (Netherlands): It is hoped that the disaster victim identification (DVI) process at Hilversum will be completed in around two to three weeks time with around 60 cases processed so far, said Malaysian team leader Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood.
However, he stressed that the actual process of identifying the victims was not done at the medical military base there but by a specialised team at The Hague.

New forensic lab will enhance services, add jobs in the region

VA DFSThe Virginia Department of Forensic Science held a ceremonial ground breaking for the new building Monday.

Canada works to institute a national missing persons DNA databank

Canadian FlagJudy Peterson arranged to meet a pair of British Columbia RCMP officers on the side of the road halfway between Courtenay and Victoria. The police opened the back of their SUV, retrieved a DNA collection kit and pricked Ms. Peterson’s fingertip for blood.
The sample was transformed into a genetic profile and uploaded into the province’s DNA databank, where it was cross-checked with profiles culled from unidentified remains – a system unique to B.C. in Canada. There wasn’t a match: Ms. Peterson’s missing daughter, Lindsey, wasn’t among the remains stored at the B.C. Coroners Service facility.

Man exonerated by DNA – and he didn’t even request it

Justice and DNAMichael Phillips had long ago given up trying to clear his name. At 57, he was a registered sex offender, living in a nursing home, wheelchair-bound from severe sickle cell anemia.
Then in May, two police officers delivered news that Phillips says only God could have ordained: Dallas County, Texas, prosecutors had proved through DNA testing that he had spent 12 years in prison for a rape he hadn’t committed.

More attention to be focused on solving cold cases

cold case logoCHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – There are 140 unsolved murders in Hamilton County, and some families have gone more than 40 years without answers. But local law enforcement is hoping to soon change that by focusing more attention on cold cases.

Australians working to identify MH17 victims

MH17The Hilversum military barracks are surrounded by Dutch forest. It’s a pretty place.
But inside a vast hall some 200 forensic experts from around the world are performing an ugly task. They are identifying the MH17 dead.

National DNA database

helix 7Tanzania- The state through the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency (GCLA) is putting in place a computerized national DNA database that will include citizens’ official documents to address a conflicting number of legal issues.

ISHI deadlines are right around the corner

ISHI ArizonaRegister before August 1st and save $100! Early registration will run through August 1st, with a rate of $645. After August 1st, the standard registration rate of $745 will apply. Students are able to register at a discounted rate of $545. Those interested in attending only the workshops do not need to pay the full registration rate, and can simply pay for the workshops attended.

Scientific posters will be presented during the dedicated poster sessions. Share your latest research with forensic scientists from around the world.
Deadline: August 1, 2014