…Based on the precedent set by previous airline disasters, including the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July, experts are likely set to begin a long process of identifying the remains. The victims were due to be identified at Surabaya’s Bhayangkara Hospital, though the condition of the bodies remained unclear, something which could possibly affect the identification process, the Independent said…
Monthly Archives: December 2014
Russia is apparently looking to create a DNA databank of all living creatures. Could this be the modern-day Noah’s Ark?
Researchers from Moscow State University plan to build a database that will house the DNA of practically every creature known to man. The DNA databank will be created at the campus of the Moscow State University. The project is expected to be complete by 2018 and the first phase, which has been announced, will cost $19 million.
The odds aren’t good that burglary victims in Austin will see their belongings again.
Austin police solve fewer than 10 percent of the city’s residential burglaries, a little less than the national average of 12.7 percent, according to the federal government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The low number of cases “cleared” — by indicting suspects or recovering stolen property — has persisted despite 20 years of declining crime rates. Police departments across the country face backlogs of unprocessed evidence because of personnel shortages. As evidence rooms fill up, the time needed to analyze fingerprints and DNA keeps growing.
A potent crime-fighting tool once reserved for the most violent offenses, DNA testing is now helping solve more nonviolent crimes, including thefts, drug offenses and quality-of-life crimes such as vandalism and window-peeping.
Raleigh, N.C. — When Edwin Lawing faced a Wake County judge Thursday, it was nearly 19 years after police say he killed his girlfriend, Lacoy McQueen.
It’s one of several cold cases Raleigh police have been able to make arrests on recently.
Paul Noel can point to a crowning achievement of his first nine months shepherding investigations of sex crimes in New Orleans: the work of his team in 2010 and 2011 led to the testing and examination of more than 800 rape kits that had long sat on some forgotten shelf.
Bacterial communities living on an individual’s pubic hairs could be used as a microbial ‘signature’ to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal Investigative Genetics.
Hairs are one of the most common types of trace evidence collected during forensic investigations, but the majority of those recovered from crime scenes lack their roots and contain insufficient amounts of human genetic material to carry out DNA profiling of suspects.
Carla Salazar, a phone operator, lived alone in her Santa Ana apartment, where she was stabbed to death in June 1989.
After the killing, a man named Douglas Gutridge, 37 at the time, contacted detectives upon reading articles in the Register, claiming he wanted to help. Gutridge said he was the last person to see the 35-year-old transgender woman alive, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas said.
The State Police crime lab is complying with stricter standards to maintain its accreditation with an international crime lab accrediting board, officials announced at a press conference on Monday. The West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory has been accredited with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, which accredits most forensic laboratories in the United States, since 1994. The organization is now requiring crime labs it accredits to meet 400 standards, hundreds more than earlier requirements, to maintain accreditation with the program, according to Ralph Keaton, retired executive director of the board.
This September, the FBI retired its Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System and replaced it with NGI — the Next Generation Identification system.
NGI was deployed incrementally over a 10-year period. It’s designed to identify “bad guys” through fingerprints and other biometric data.
Stephen Morris, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services division, explained how the system works and addressed privacy concerns with Government Matters.