Daily Archives: June 19, 2018

Korean War GI from Gary, who had been missing since 1950, to be buried on Saturday

The remains of U.S. Army Pfc. David Baker, who had been missing in action since November 1950, will finally be buried Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park in Hobart.
Mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched him with his family, was used, as well as anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence, the Defense Department said.

Texans are raising thousands to test rape kits — now the Legislature needs to do more

The process is straightforward — or as straightforward as anything can be at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Texans renewing or applying for a driver’s license have the option to check a box and donate funds to help officials test backlogged rape kits in police departments across the state.
Five months in, the crowdfunding law has raised $250,000, with individual donations ranging from $1 to $5,000.

Victorians under arrest to be DNA swabbed under new legislation

AUS- Victoria Police will have the power to take DNA swabs from every person arrested for a serious crime, before they’re even charged, under proposed new laws set to be tabled on Wednesday.
Police say more than 10,000 unsolved crimes could be unravelled if Parliament passes the new legislation to be introduced by the police minister.

Conviction Comes 32 Years After Rapes

The attacks came before DNA testing, before the internet. Ronald Reagan was president. News reports at the time said one of the women was in her shower getting ready for work when she was attacked by a stranger with a knife. Another was at her own door when the man jumped her.

Grand jury indicts DNA profile of ‘D.C.-area hotel rapist’ for 1998-2006 assaults

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — In a groundbreaking case, a grand jury in Washington has indicted the DNA profile of a suspect wanted for a series of rapes from 1998 to 2006 in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.
It’s the first time in D.C. that a John Doe DNA profile has been indicted, according to statements from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI.

Attorney for UT murder suspect challenges new DPS DNA analysis

AUSTIN (KXAN) — During a pre-trial hearing for Meechaiel Criner, who is charged with the capital murder of UT student Haruka Weiser, the discussion turned to a debate over a new DNA testing method used in this case and whether the results should be permitted as evidence.

Houston Forensic Science Center to use private laboratory to help eliminate backlog

HOUSTON – The Houston Forensic Science Center is working to eliminate their backlog by temporary utilizing a private laboratory for DNA testing.
The HFSC is planning to send most incoming DNA work to a private lab over about 10 months as it eliminates a backlog and builds a sustainable process that helps avoid future backlogs.