Category Archives: Forensic Industry News

After obtaining DNA from estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, authorities searching Farmington properties connected to him

The search follows a series of new developments in the case over the last 48 hours.
State police, sources said, have obtained DNA samples from Fotis Dulos. Sources also told the Courant that police have obtained surveillance video of Dulos in a Hartford neighborhood where police conducted an extensive search for evidence Friday, sifting through trash cans and scouring dumpsters for several hours.

Arrest in 43-year-old murder case stuns Wisconsin town

Word of the arrest — via a friend’s text message — hit Wayne Sankey like a thunderbolt.
“I said, ‘You gotta be kidding me,'” Sankey recalled. “And then I told the wife and she couldn’t believe it. ‘There’s no way,’ she said. ‘Ray down the road?'”

Bill requiring Illinois State Police to perform rapid DNA testing passes Senate

CHICAGO (WLS) — Action is being taken to reduce delays in testing DNA evidence that’s sitting unchecked.
A bipartisan state bill to implement “Rapid DNA” had already passed in the House, and on Tuesday, it passed unanimously in the Senate.

Hair Analysis in Forensic Science

Hair samples are one of the most important resources in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, often providing valuable information that can help to lead to the identification of a suspect or victim.

Sex assault charge dismissed in cold case as attorneys wrangle over DNA evidence

MARINETTE – The first-degree sexual assault charge filed against a northern Oconto County man accused of a double homicide nearly 43 years ago was dismissed Monday at hearing where defense attorneys signaled an intent to aggressively fight DNA evidence in the case.
Marinette County District Attorney DeShea Morrow did not dispute a defense motion to dismiss the charge against Raymond L. Vannieuwenhoven, which noted the statute of limitations had expired after six years.

Woman accused in death of newborn granted pretrial release

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota woman charged with murder in the death of her newborn who was abandoned in a ditch 38 years ago has been released from jail.
Theresa Bentaas, 57, has been in the Minnehaha County Jail since her arrest March 8. Investigators said they used advances in DNA evidence and genealogy sites to determine she was the mother of the infant, called Baby Andrew, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket in a cornfield ditch in Sioux Falls in February 1981.

DNA database opts a million people out from police searches

A major DNA database that has been pivotal in solving US cold crime cases has blocked law enforcement access to the profiles of a million people, in a setback for investigators and a victory for campaigners.

DNA is cracking mysteries and cold cases. But is genome sleuthing the ‘unregulated wild west?’

It happens almost every week: Police reveal that DNA technology has helped them crack a decades-old case or identify an infamous serial killer like Jack the Ripper.
Investigators have been using criminal DNA databases for decades, but commercial genealogy sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe have revolutionized the industry. Now people can make their own genetic material public, and when law enforcement use that information to solve crimes, it can raise serious questions about privacy.

Inside The Highly-Secure ATF Lab That Solves Massive Local Bombings, Explosions And Fires

BELTSVILLE, Md. (CBS) — Solving crimes by recreating them. At a federal laboratory in Maryland, setting things on fire is all part of the job.
Deadly explosions, mysterious bombings and fatal fires — all cases we’ve seen in our region over the past three years. And when the investigation is too large, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives steps in.

The future of justice depends on fixing the forensic science crisis

UK-We are fascinated by it, and rightly so – what science enables us to detect has transformed how we reconstruct criminal events, whether using digital information like phone data and automated recognition technologies, or detecting DNA traces that often go unnoticed.
And yet the field is in trouble. Earlier this month, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee published the findings of its inquiry into forensic science, setting out in no uncertain terms that the system is in crisis.

Snoop Dogg joins SVU star Ice-T in calling for Delaware County District Attorney to allow DNA testing that could overturn murder conviction

One of America’s most recognizable faces, Snoop Dogg, sent a powerful message to Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland Monday, intensifying the push to give a Chester man who has been sitting in prison for over 39 years a DNA test.

DNA To The Rescue: How Researchers Are Finding Illegal Shark Fins

Another shipment has come, and you watch as the boats are boarded and searched. You notice specks of blood in the corners of the vessel and wonder just what is waiting inside the freezers and fridges. As you walk into a fridge, you are stunned to see it lined from the floor to the ceiling with fins. Now comes the hard part… identifying them all.

Forensic DNA Evidence Helps To Catch Rapists in Somalia for the First Time in History

It is a big moment in Somalia’s history as a court in Garowe today used forensic DNA evidence to convict three men accused of the rape and murder of 12 year old Aisha Ilyas. This is the first time forensic DNA evidence is being used to land a conviction in Somalia.

CSI Perth: Inside WA’s top-secret crime fighting forensic lab

It’s the top-secret facility that’s set to become the new epicentre of where some of WA’s most horrendous crimes and cold cases will be solved.
We can’t tell readers where it is, but WAtoday and Nine News Perth were given rare and exclusive access to the new, high-tech PathWest forensic science lab

5 years after rape kit backlog controversy, Salt Lake police celebrate ‘huge strides’

SALT LAKE CITY — Nearly five years have gone by since the state of Utah and Salt Lake City made headlines for a backlog of hundreds of untested rape kits.
Now, after laws were passed at the state and city level to address the backlog, Salt Lake police are celebrating a cultural shift in how sexual assault reports are treated — and that their work has resulted in the identification of more than 100 suspects from the backlog.