Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

Betty Pat Gatliff, forensic sculptor who put a face to John Does, dies at 89

The bones usually arrived by mail, a stream of anonymous packages bearing unknown remains. Sent from police departments, coroners and medical examiners across the country, they landed on the Oklahoma doorstep of Betty Pat Gatliff, a forensic sculptor who pioneered a new method for reconstructing faces, turning an avocation into her life’s work.

RCMP helping to identify Canadian victims killed in downing of Ukraine Flight 752

The RCMP is working to help identify the remains of Canadians killed in the shootdown of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 through the collection of DNA samples.

ANDE Corporation Is Honored with CES 2020 Innovation Award

WALTHAM, Mass. and LONGMONT, Colo. , Jan. 7, 2020 /CNW/ — ANDE Corporation (https://www.ande.com/), the global leader in Rapid DNA Human Identification, today announced it is starting the new year off as the recipient of a distinguished CES 2020 Innovation Award in the “Tech for a Better World” category. CES is showcasing the honorees at its annual conference this week in Las Vegas, NV.
The ANDE Rapid DNA Identification System allows non-technical users with minimal training to generate DNA IDs in under two hours, whether at a crime scene to apprehend criminals or exonerate the innocent; following a sexual assault to identify rapists; at the border to stem human trafficking; or at a mass disaster site to identify victims and bring timely closure for families.

Search, repatriation of Vietnamese martyrs’ remains in Laos, Cambodia intensified

Carrying out search and repatriation of 1,500-2,000 sets of remains of Vietnamese soldiers who laid down their lives in Laos and Cambodia during wartime is a key task of the national steering committee on search, repatriation and identification of remains of fallen soldiers.

He escaped from jail after allegedly killing his wife a century ago. Now his headless torso has been identified through DNA.

The story in the June 1916 Idaho newspaper was alarming: A man suspected of brutally murdering his wife “escaped on May 18 from custody and has not been caught.”
He was never seen again.

Trump Reauthorizes Debbie Smith Act To Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs Across U.S.

President Donald Trump signed legislation Monday that allocates funding to help states clear the backlog of more than 100,000 rape kits across the country, ending several years of nationwide initiatives to get federal support.

Crime labs analyze science behind crime

Law enforcement officials across New York are not the only ones preparing for criminal justice reforms in the state.
Scientists who analyze police evidence are preparing for an increase in cases, as reforms to discovery law require all discoverable materials to be turned over to the defense 15 days after arraignment.

Advanced Forensic DNA Centre at CFSL to be inaugurated

INDIA- Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai will inaugurate the “Advanced Forensic DNA Centre” at CFSL, Chandigarh on Monday.
“With the opening of this Advanced Forensic DNA Laboratory, it shall provide quality forensic service in time bound manner on one hand and shall act as a model reference Lab for development of projects and related R&D activities in the field for various Central and State FSLs on the other,” a statement issued here on Friday said.

Two Colorado Courts Rule Use of STRmix Admissible

STRmix™ – sophisticated forensic software used to resolve mixed DNA profiles previously thought to be too complex to interpret – has been ruled admissible in two recent Colorado court cases.

Years later, DNA evidence links New Orleans serial rapist to Kansas City cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Justice can come, even though it can come late,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
Charges filed this week against an accused serial rapist make that statement ring true.

Could ground breaking DNA technique solve bizarre Sherri Papini kidnap case?

A forensic specialist believes one of the world’s most high-profile unsolved abduction cases could be solved using the same DNA technology used to identify the elusive Golden State Killer.
Three years after “supermum” Sherri Papini was kidnapped while jogging near her home in Redding, Northern California, local authorities are no closer to an arrest.

Hundreds of Genetic Profiles Removed From City’s DNA Database: Report

Nearly 400 genetic profiles of victims and witnesses have been removed from New York City’s DNA identification index, a database that has come under scrutiny for what critics describe as illegal collection of genetic material, according to a new report.

China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West

TUMXUK, China — In a dusty city in the Xinjiang region on China’s western frontier, the authorities are testing the rules of science.

He went to prison for killing his 15-year-old girlfriend. New evidence from a bloody shoe may set him free.

But now, nearly a decade after a split jury convicted Nicholas McGuffin of manslaughter, he may be set free — and that same stained shoe is at the center of his wrongful conviction case.
A judge on Friday found that the state’s crime lab violated McGuffin’s rights by concealing DNA evidence extracted from that shoe, which has reignited speculation about who really killed Freeman.

900 men in Germany are asked to give DNA samples

They said DNA traces of the killer were found on the body of the girl and they are hoping the swabs will lead them to the murderer.