University of North Texas Associate Professor of Chemistry Guido Verbeck has created a device for the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow investigators to analyze inks, paints, papers and other materials criminals use to create counterfeit documents.
A third autopsy was conducted on the body of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot by a police officer on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Full details of the first autopsy are still under wraps. Brown's family requested their own autopsy, which was performed by veteran medical examiner Michael Baden.
The primary research objective was to develop a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) panel to identify animal species from forensic samples of unknown biological origin by using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-based markers.
A team of electronic engineers is developing tiny surveillance cameras that pick up stress signals in people. They speculate the design could be used to spot anxious would-be criminals in airports and other high-target areas.
McKees Rocks Police Chief Robert Cifrulak does not not need directions to the Allegheny County Crime Lab. Neither do his officers. They make the trip to the Strip District lab about four times a week. But if the Allegheny County Crime Lab closes that short trip could turn into a much longer journey.
Forensic nurses such as Katie Davis are specially trained to work with crime victims, and know how to preserve evidence for crime lab testing. They are experts in working with traumatized patients and are able to put them at ease in order to take detailed statements that will be used as part of police investigations.
A creeper struck the locker room at Bally’s Total Fitness on Jamaica Avenue in Queens, making off with a man’s duffel, containing credit cards, boxing equipment, sneakers, a headphones and $22. The thief returned four days later and cleaned out the lockers of three other men. He struck at another gym the next week But this creeper was identified from what, in precinct geography, was a world away.
On Thursday, August 21, NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting the final session of a four-part online discussion about familial DNA searching.
Diagnosis of death by smothering can be very difficult, in many such cases a forensic fiber examination doesn’t take place. In many cases post-mortem examinations fail to establish precisely how the deceased came to die, and likewise toxicological examinations may fail to illuminate any specific cause from a chemical perspective.
The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop has been sentenced to 17½ years in prison for selling synthetic drugs in a case that prosecutors said should remove any doubts that substances sold under such names as "incense," ''spice" and "bath salts" are illegal.
Over the past 20 years DNA evidence has become the foundation upon which forensic investigation is built. But as new identification technologies emerge at an ever quickening pace, new questions are being raised as to not only the efficacy of these technologies, but also their implications on privacy, civil liberties and validity.
Addressing the issues surrounding the testing of sexual assault kits (SAKs) is one of the most complex challenges facing our nation’s criminal justice system. To help find the best strategies, methods and procedures for dealing with SAKs, the FBI and NIJ have formed a research partnership. The long-range goal is improved practices and policies for law enforcement and crime labs.
The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find antibiotics or other medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted.
DNA evidence can be critical to solve a crime, but a big backlog of cases means it could be months, or even years, before some of those samples get tested.
Solving crimes certainly involves police officers called to the scene, but it also takes those working a crime lab. Reality is much different from fiction. During National Forensic Science Week, crime labs across the country — including the Utah State Crime Lab — opened their doors to show the public what they really do.