Daily Archives: June 29, 2016

How rape kit DNA and an intrepid investigator unraveled a serial rape case

dna_justiceCLEVELAND, Ohio – By the time Stacey Fifer started investigating John Doe #2, he was already the suspect in six rapes.
Fifer, a Bureau of Criminal Investigation special agent working with Cuyahoga County’s Sexual Assault Kit task force, caught the seventh case. It was a 2003 rape reported by 39-year-old woman who said she was forced into a car and raped in a vacant lot on Cleveland’s East Side.

State audit underway of untested sexual assault evidence kits

KellerKeller’s office has begun a statewide audit of law enforcement evidence rooms to determine how many sexual assault evidence kits remain unprocessed and how substantial the backlog is. At a public meeting Tuesday at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Keller promised audit findings will be released by the end of the year.

Ohio agency, BGSU receive grant for sexual-assault kits

Helix and MagnifierBOWLING GREEN — Researchers from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Bowling Green State University have been awarded a nearly $440,000 grant from a private foundation to make the testing process for sexual-assault kits more efficient.

Urgent need for DNA data bank

Database DNATRINIDAD and TOBAGO-FOR MORE than 16 years the need for the establishment of a national forensic DNA data bank has been recognised by our various governments, but we continue to be without this valuable tool in the fight against crime.

NY lawmakers OK deadlines for rape kit processing

colored vertical helixolice must submit rape kits containing DNA evidence to laboratories within 10 days of collecting it under legislation heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The bill also requires labs to process evidence within 90 days and calls for clearing any backlog of the evidence kits, which can be used to…