Daily Archives: August 20, 2014

Sexual assault evidence will be stored in state crime lab in Madison

sexual assault kitsSexual assault victims in Wisconsin will be given a consent form notifying them they can have tests done and have DNA evidence stored at a state crime lab in Madison as they decide whether to go to police, the state Justice Department announced Tuesday.
The new process for reporting sexual assaults and storing evidence centrally in Madison will help calm victims and may help authorities to catch the perpetrators eventually, according to officials.

Victims advocate renews push for DNA law in Minn

Jayann SepichJayann Sepich spent part of her day at the Minneapolis Public Library telling the story of daughter Katie, who was a 22-year-old college student in 2003 when she was abducted, raped and murdered.
“It’s heart wrenching every time I tell the story, but I know that other mothers won’t be burying their daughters if we can get this passed, and that matters to me,” Sepich told KARE.

Feds aim to fund forensic science center

Blue Helix2A federal agency within the Commerce Department is looking to give $20 million to fund a new forensic science research center.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday announced a competition for money to build the center, which will work on establishing “a firm scientific foundation” for key methods in the sciences.

Behind the High Tech Forensics of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

MH17 VictimsDutch officials expect precise accuracy from DNA-matching software that will be used to identify many of the 298 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims. But it is unknown whether there will be enough genetic evidence from the remains and relatives of the missing to ID everyone.
As of Friday, 171 people who died after the July 17 crash had not been recovered.