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British Embassy officials arrive at the Forensic Police Institute to examine the condition of the bodies of two murdered British tourists in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and worker

Thailand Says No DNA Match Yet for Slain Britons

September 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area.             

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A remote hamlet on fertile Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river has been a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers. Earlier this month, forensic inve

Forensic Investigators Unearth Remains of Peru Massacre

September 18, 2014 2:13 pm | by Rodrigo ABD and Franklin Briceno, Associated Press | Comments

A remote hamlet on fertile Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river has been a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers. Earlier this month, forensic investigators began unearthing the remains of the nearly two dozen victims of the July 14, 1984, massacre.

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Columbus, Ohio, will upgrade technology to fix problems with how the Police Division’s crime lab processes DNA. The Columbus City Council has approved using $69,000 in federal grant money to purchase software that will better separate multiple sources of

Columbus, Ohio, Buying Software to Improve Crime DNA Analysis

September 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by Lucas Sullivan, Government Technology | Comments

Columbus, Ohio, will upgrade technology to fix problems with how the Police Division’s crime lab processes DNA. The Columbus City Council has approved using $69,000 in federal grant money to purchase software that will better separate multiple sources of DNA found at crime scenes.

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All four sessions of NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence ‘Familial DNA Searching’ panel series are now available online anytime. Watch the series to learn more about the technical protocols and software, legal challenges, and current policies f

Familial DNA Searching Panel Series Available On Demand

September 18, 2014 11:36 am | by NIJ | Comments

All four sessions of NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence ‘Familial DNA Searching’ panel series are now available online anytime. Watch the series to learn more about the technical protocols and software, legal challenges, and current policies for familial DNA searching. 

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County Prosecutor Praises Teamwork on Rape Kit Processing Progress

September 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Julie Brown, Hometown Life | Comments

Progress is reported on a backlog of rape kits in Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the public can think because of television crime programs that DNA matching is effortless. “There’s a lot more work that has to be done,” she said, including finding and interviewing witnesses. “It’s a huge part of the case,” but not all.

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New research led by the University of Leicester in the UK gives a blow-by-blow account of the injuries inflicted on King Richard III’s body at the Battle of Bosworth Field on August 22, 1485. Modern forensic analysis of the King’s skeletal remains reveals

Modern Forensic Techniques Identify Likely Cause of King Richard III's Death

September 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Univ. of Leicester | Comments

New research led by the University of Leicester in the UK gives a blow-by-blow account of the injuries inflicted on King Richard III’s body at the Battle of Bosworth Field on August 22, 1485. Modern forensic analysis of the King’s skeletal remains reveals that three of his injuries had the potential to cause death quickly — two to the skull and one to the pelvis.

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The rape suspect, court papers said, was identified by a longtime friend who said they committed the crime together. The suspect’s DNA was tied to the crime. But prosecutors hoping to present an airtight case had a concern: The suspect, Dwayne McNair, has

New DNA Test Sought in Identical Twin's Rape Case

September 17, 2014 9:35 am | by Jess Bidgood, The New York Times | Comments

The rape suspect, court papers said, was identified by a longtime friend who said they committed the crime together. The suspect’s DNA was tied to the crime. But prosecutors hoping to present an airtight case had a concern: The suspect, Dwayne McNair, has an identical twin, meaning the DNA testing pointed not to one person, but two.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services Division has announced the achievement of full operational capability of the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System. The FBI’s NGI System was developed to expand the Bureau’s b

FBI's Fully Operational Biometric ID System Replaces IAFIS

September 16, 2014 4:45 pm | by FBI | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services Division has announced the achievement of full operational capability of the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System. The FBI’s NGI System was developed to expand the Bureau’s biometric identification capabilities, ultimately replacing the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) in addition to adding new services and capabilities.

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Detecting Mismatched DNA

September 16, 2014 1:07 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations.

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NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a Technology Transition Workshop, “Crime Scene Solutions: Utility of 3D Scanning Technologies in the Investigation Process,” on October 28-29. The workshop will enhance forensic science practitione

Using 3D Scanning Technology at Crime Scenes

September 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a Technology Transition Workshop, “Crime Scene Solutions: Utility of 3D Scanning Technologies in the Investigation Process,” on October 28-29. The workshop will enhance forensic science practitioner’s knowledge of 3D crime scene scanning technologies, including strengths, limitations and implementation strategies. 

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A disputed bite-mark identification is at the center of an appeal that was filed Monday with the Mississippi Supreme Court. Eddie Lee Howard Jr., 61, has been on death row for two decades for the murder and rape of an 84-year-old woman, convicted largely

Mississippi Death Row Case Faults Bite-mark Forensics

September 16, 2014 9:39 am | by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times | Comments

A disputed bite-mark identification is at the center of an appeal that was filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court. Eddie Lee Howard Jr., 61, has been on death row for two decades for the murder and rape of an 84-year-old woman, convicted largely because of what many experts call a far-fetched match of his teeth to purported bite wounds, discerned only after the woman’s body had been buried and exhumed.

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Firefighters from two houses in SoHo rushed to Henry Street in Chinatown one June morning two years ago. Smoke filled a ground-floor apartment. Two women were inside, motionless. Both women had been fatally shot, their exit wounds not immediately visible

When Fighting Fires becomes Something Else

September 15, 2014 12:27 pm | by Michael Wilson, The New York Times | Comments

Firefighters from two houses in SoHo rushed to Henry Street in Chinatown one June morning two years ago. Smoke filled a ground-floor apartment. Two women were inside, motionless. Both women had been fatally shot, their exit wounds not immediately visible to their would-be rescuers. It is a rare, if age-old, turn of events in the city: A person found dead after a fire turns out to have been the victim of a homicide.

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The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West Virginia, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level. The lab has the potential to service over 800 agencies from all across the

Processing Evidence Requires Many Tests at WVa Lab

September 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by Wendy Holdren, Register-Herald | Comments

The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West Virginia, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level. The lab has the potential to service over 800 agencies from all across the state.

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The Bureau of Criminal Investigation facility currently under construction on the Bowling Green State University campus will also be the home of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science. On September 11, BGSU President Mary El

BGSU, Ohio AG Name First Director of Forensic Science Center

September 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Bowling Green State Univ. | Comments

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation facility currently under construction on the Bowling Green State University campus will also be the home of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science. On September 11, BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Dr. Jon E. Sprague will serve as the first director of the center.

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 A cataloguing method for comparing the land impressions of bullets, using readily available commercial instrumentation and software, is described.

Computerized Database for Bullet Comparison by Consecutive Matching

September 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Ashley Chu, David Read and David Howitt, NIJ | Comments

A cataloguing method for comparing the land impressions of bullets, using readily available commercial instrumentation and software, is described.                             

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