Category Archives: Database

Delaware finally begins to tackle its backlog of untested rape kits

Any day now, a Delaware rape suspect will be arrested because long-untested rape kit evidence has linked him to the sexual assault.
Delaware now is reviewing 640 kits, which long languished in Delaware police evidence rooms, and have now been tested and are being compared to DNA records on file in the state and the national CODIS data base.

Boston police explore using commercial DNA databases

Boston police are exploring how to use public genealogy databases to identify suspects in crimes where they collected DNA but cannot find a match after the high profile arrest of the suspected “Golden State Killer.”

Intermountain Healthcare to Build Global DNA Registry with AncestryDNA, 23andMe Data

Intermountain Healthcare is building a new global DNA registry based on medical histories from people around the world, using existing genetic test results and electronic health histories.
The new DNA database, the GeneRosity Registry, will enable researchers to find genetic codes that determine who’s at risk of developing genetic health problems and help them quickly and economically.

Tim Schellberg: Without Criminal Databases, DNA Machine Can’t Work

While the state Forensics Science Laboratory (FSL), Kalina, is in a tizzy over the possible acquisition of the sophisticated Rapid DNA Analysis System that is said to help speed up criminal investigations, an expert on the issue believes the decision is unwise.
Tim Schellberg, President of Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Governmental Affairs, USA, strongly feels that the machine cannot be used for actual crime scene analysis, and it is at present used only for reference sample analysis in advanced countries where DNA profiling data banks are available. India may make use of this technology, in years to come, when they have the data bank ready.

National DNA databank for missing persons up and running after years of delay

On Aug. 2 1993, 14-year-old Lindsey Nicholls went walking down a rural road in Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley. That was the last anyone saw of her.
Her mother, Judy Peterson, believes her daughter was hitchhiking. Police believe she met with foul play, she says.

Dutch Police Are DNA Testing 21,500 Men to Solve A 20-Year-Old Murder

In 1986, a technique called “DNA fingerprinting” was used for the first time in a criminal investigation, when a geneticist named Alec Jeffreys realised that when DNA was extracted from cells and attached to photographic film, it developed as a sequence of bars that could uniquely identify someone. His accidental discovery helped nail the suspect in the murder of 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth. Since then, for better and for worse, DNA has become gold-standard evidence that has led to thousands of convictions.

New Solicitation: Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

NIJ seeks proposals for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses (as defined by State law) in which actual innocence might be demonstrated. Funds may be used to identify and review such postconviction cases and to locate and analyze associated biological evidence.
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 26, 2018.
Review the Solicitation.

The search for Greece’s unburied war dead

Their remains lie where they fell during world war II. Some 8000 Greek soldiers buried in mass graves in Albania. They had been confronting Italian troops they had driven out of Greece between 1940-1941.

Cold case detectives hope to link local unsolved crimes to serial killer Ted Bundy

SEATTLE – More than 50 years after serial killer Ted Bundy began his murderous terror spree, local investigators are pushing to solve old crimes that could be connected to the serial killer while he lived in the Pacific Northwest.
KIRO 7 learned that Washington investigators are looking at evidence from two unsolved murders, using state-of-the-art technology.
However, there is one major hiccup — Ted Bundy’s DNA is not in the Washington state database.

India Has To Build A Dna Database: Tim Schellberg

India has not been focusing on collection, testing and comparing DNA for faster convictions, said Tim Schellberg, founder and President of Gordan Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs (Forensic DNA Law and Policy). He was speaking at the 24th All India Forensic Science Conference at Gujarat University on Sunday. A panel discussion on ‘Building DNA Casework in India to Strengthen Investigation in Sexual Assault Cases’ saw participation from lawyers, FSL officers, IPS and academicians.

Wisconsin rape kits testing yields new suspects in 11 cases

MADISON – Wisconsin’s four-year effort to address a mountain of untested evidence from old sexual assault cases is beginning to yield results: DNA from at least 20 cases has been matched with national offender databases.

Man who found woman’s body in 1988 arrested for murdering her

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -Police have arrested a man who found a woman’s body in the desert nearly 30 years ago, saying DNA evidence leads them to believe he is the one who killed her.

New DNA database at Rutgers-Camden to strengthen forensic science

Forensic DNA evidence is a valuable tool in criminal investigations to link a suspect to the scene of a crime, but the process to make that determination is not so simple since the genetic material found at a crime scene often comes from more than one person.

Georgia breaks 6,000 criminal offender DNA matches

The GBI manages Georgia’s CODIS database of convicted felons and felony probationers, which has 347,145 DNA profiles, of which 324,864 are offender and/or probationer profiles.

Could new national DNA database provide a break in one of Alberta’s most gruesome cold cases?

Septic Tank Sam lies in an unmarked grave in an Edmonton cemetery, his identity no less a mystery than when his tortured body was pulled from a rural septic tank on a spring day in 1977.
But 40 years after Sam met his grisly end, cold case investigators hope a new national DNA database will give fresh leads on who he was — and who killed him.
Set to launch in 2018, the RCMP’s national children and missing persons unidentified remains database will allow investigators to compare DNA from unidentified human remains to DNA from living relatives who offer a sample in hopes of finding answers about a missing loved one.