Present at ISHI

Share your work at the 29th International Symposium on Human Identification. Oral and Interesting Case abstracts are due by June 17. Poster abstracts are due July 15. Oral abstracts will be reviewed by an independent committee and selected based on community interest. All abstracts will be published in the on-line Proceedings after the conference.

Attend ISHI in Phoenix to
• Network with other forensic scientists
• Learn about the latest technologies and trends in DNA analysis
• Participate in focused topic workshops
• Meet leaders in the field
Early bird rates on the symposium and workshops expire on August 1. Register now to save $100 off the standard symposium rate.
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Parabon® Announces Snapshot® Genetic Genealogy Service for Law Enforcement

RESTON, Va., May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon) announced today the general availability of its Snapshot Genetic Genealogy Service, which provides investigators a revolutionary new tool for solving crimes with evidence from an unknown DNA sample. The company’s new genetic genealogy (GG) unit is led by CeCe Moore, a pioneer in the field, best known for her work on the PBS television series Finding Your Roots. Parabon’s GG analysts compare crime scene DNA samples against public genetic genealogy databases to narrow down a suspect list to a region, a family, or even an individual. The approach is the same as that used by law enforcement to identify the Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo.

26 Years Later, Justice for Men Imprisoned for a Bogus Rape

The woman, dirty, disheveled and in tears, ran over to a patrol car parked along a Harlem street in the early morning of Jan. 18, 1991. She told police officers she had been kidnapped at knifepoint near her home in Queens and raped by three black men, whom she identified.
Before the end of the month, the police arrested two of the men she had named — Gregory Counts, then 19, and VanDyke Perry, then 21. They were charged with four counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy, kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon, according to court records. The third man was never caught.

Reno County judge allows new DNA testing of evidence in 2000 strangulation case

A Reno County judge Friday granted a motion for new DNA testing of evidence in the case of a Hutchinson man serving a life sentence in the 2000 strangulation death of his ex-wife.
District Judge Trish Rose found the request by Trevor Corbett met the requirements of the law and granted the motion filed on Corbett’s behalf by the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Postconviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law.

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.”

International DNA Hit of the Year awarded to cold case team

A cold-case investigation has won the prestigious international DNA Hit of the Year award for its use of the national DNA database to bring a murderer to justice.
Op Rhodium was the investigation into the murder of 17-year-old Melanie Road in Bath in June 1984. After almost 32 years of waiting for answers, her family finally saw her killer admit his crime in 2016. He was handed a life sentence.

Ohio legislation seeks to eliminate statute of limitations on sexual assault cases

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -It’s a healing environment for sexual assault victims. A place where survivors can tell their story when no one else will listen.
Jennifer Schlosser is with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and is glad that legislation is being proposed to remove the statute of limitations on sexual assault cases in Ohio.

European Consortium to Validate NGS Toolkit for Analyzing Phenotypes in Forensics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — A European consortium of forensic geneticists is working to develop and validate standard next-generation sequencing tools for DNA phenotyping and biogeographical ancestry testing.
The Visible Attributes through Genomics (VISAGE) Consortium involves forensic geneticists at academic research and police laboratories from eight European countries. The project, which launched last year with EUR 5 million ($6 million) over four years from the Horizon 2020 EU research and innovation program, aims to validate NGS tools for identifying the appearance, age, and ancestry of unknown perpetrators using DNA evidence.

Welcome To The DNA World

The recent capture, more than four decades on, of the so-called Golden State killer, believed to have murdered at least 12 people, raped more than 50 women and carried out more 100 robberies between 1976 and 1986, has triggered speculation about a society in which growing numbers of people’s genetic mapping is available on web sites, typically in relation to health or genealogy.

Experts: Genealogy sites could hold key to catching Zodiac Killer

Forensic experts believe genealogy websites — like the one used to catch the East Area Rapist suspect — could now hold the key to catching the Zodiac Killer.
“It is possible,” explained Pam Hofsass, a former San Francisco homicide detective who worked the Zodiac case and now runs the forensic lab for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

NYC’s DNA crime lab can analyze anything we touch

NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) – Fox 5 got an exclusive look inside the largest DNA crime lab in North America. It is found New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan.
In this dry, sterile facility with purified air pumped in, the scientists handle more than 14,000 cases a year—everything from muggings to murders to mass casualty tragedies.

How the Supreme Court Could Rewrite the Rules for DNA Searches

Several years ago, the Supreme Court considered the case of Alonzo Jay King Jr. Arrested in an assault in Maryland, he ended up being charged and convicted in an unsolved rape case after a sample of his DNA, which police collected while booking him, returned a match in a statewide database. King, who had been sentenced to life in prison, argued that the Maryland law allowing the warrantless, suspicionless collection of his DNA violated the Fourth Amendment.

Kirk Bloodsworth’s new passion: Championship rings for those who won freedom

The idea came to him some 30 years ago, while he was asleep on Maryland’s Death Row for a horrible crime he knew he did not commit: The murder of a little girl on a summer day in 1984 in Baltimore County. Kirk Bloodsworth dreamed that the commissioner of the National Football League — at the time, Pete Rozelle — gave him a Super Bowl ring.
With plenty of time to ponder the dream, Bloodsworth took something positive from it because, when you are facing death for a crime you know you did not commit, you cling to every trinket of hope. Some day, Bloodsworth thought, he’d win a Super Bowl championship, and for an innocent man in prison that would mean exoneration and freedom.

DNA Profiling Assists Law Enforcement in Over 30,000 Investigations Across Texas

LUBBOCK, TX – The “Golden State Killer,” now known as Joseph James DeAngelo, was arrested last week for a dozen murders and 50 rapes during the mid-1970’s to 1980’s in California. Months of comparing crime-scene DNA to genetic information on an online database led to his identification and arrest. While the case has a tie to Lamesa, the technique is tied to all of Texas.
DNA in the CODIS system aided in the investigations of over 30,000 cases in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Golden State Killer caught using relative’s DNA from genealogy websites, prosecutors say

…The district attorney’s office “explored online family trees that appeared to have matches to DNA samples from the East Area Rapist’s crimes,” The Sacramento Bee reported. “They then followed clues to individuals in family trees to determine whether they were potential suspects.”…