Daily Archives: November 24, 2014

DNA identifies Hamilton man 30 years after disappearance

David NixonTORONTO – DNA has helped identify a man missing for 30 years, Hamilton Police said Thursday.
David Nixon, who was 23 at the time, disappeared July 6, 1984 and was never seen alive again.

Martinez Announces 88 Percent Increase in DNA Matches Due to Expansion of Katie’s Law in New Mexico

Governor MartinezSanta Fe — Today Governor Susana Martinez announced an 88 percent increase in DNA matches by the New Mexico DNA Identification System. Since New Mexico expanded Katie’s Law in 2011, the DNA Identification System has connected DNA from 463 arrestees to 478 cases. Without the expansion of Katie’s Law, during this time frame, there would have been DNA matched from just 245 arrestees to 254 cases. The expansion of Katie’s Law has led to an additional 218 arrestees connected to 224 cases.

Ohio prosecutor gets help for rape DNA backlog

Ohio AG SealCLEVELAND (AP) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced new investigative support and grant funding that will help prosecutors in Cleveland process the backlog of rape DNA kits.

KBI surveying local law enforcement on unprocessed sexual assault kits

sexual assault kitsOfficials have estimated that hundreds of thousands of sexual assault kits in police and laboratory storage facilities across the country remain untested.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is trying to identify if Kansas has a backlog of untested kits, which include swabs and specimens gathered during exams of sexual assault victims.

Wisconsin preps for surge in DNA tests when crime law kicks in

silver HelixMadison — The state Department of Justice has hired nearly 20 more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.