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September 24, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

Forensic Magazine is proud to announce its first Readers’ Choice Awards for the Best Forensic Products of the Year. The awards celebrate excellence in product design and performance for tools, equipment, and materials used in all areas of forensic investigation and analysis. Equipment and product suppliers are invited to submit their products for this prestigious award. 

In October, as a result of thefts and tampering at the now-closed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police agencies across the state will begin using clear, heat-sealed plastic bags to secure drug evidence.

New Rules Issued for Drug Evidence in Delaware

September 23, 2014 3:14 pm | by Sean O’Sullivan, The News Journal | Comments

In October, as a result of thefts and tampering at the now-closed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police agencies across Delaware will begin using clear, heat-sealed plastic bags to secure drug evidence.            

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In a second search of the home of the man believed to be the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student, officials said they took pieces of clothing, but they would not elaborate on the importance of the items.

Forensic Evidence Collected in Search for Missing UVa Student

September 23, 2014 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

In a second search of the home of the man believed to be the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student, officials said they took pieces of clothing, but they would not elaborate on the importance of the items. Police have said they hope to receive lab results late Tuesday from items recovered during the initial searches.

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FBI Crime Lab Testing Evidence in Child Killing

September 23, 2014 12:59 pm | by Robert Fitzgerald, Sun Herald | Comments

One of the largest, most comprehensive crime labs in the world is analyzing evidence collected in the disappearance and killing of five-year-old Ja'Naya Thompson.                         

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Forensic tests are being carried out on a knife found during the search for missing teenager Alice Gross. The investigation into her disappearance is focusing on the River Brent and its banks near Ealing Hospital in west London, where the knife was found.

Knife Sent for Forensic Tests in Missing Teenager Case

September 23, 2014 12:54 pm | by Sky.com | Comments

Forensic tests are being carried out on a knife found during the search for missing teenager Alice Gross. The investigation into her disappearance is focusing on the River Brent and its banks near Ealing Hospital in west London, where the knife was found.

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DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.

DNA Expert Testifies in NY State Murder Trial

September 22, 2014 2:15 pm | by Mike Hibbard, Finger Lakes Times | Comments

DNA from blood found in Dante Taylor’s vehicle and items at his home matches that of the two women killed last summer in Sodus, New York. That was the testimony of a forensic scientist during Taylor’s trial in Wayne County Court.     

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A bag of human remains — overlooked and forgotten since 2006 — was discovered   in a refrigerator at the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the latest misstep for the scandal-plagued agency.

Body Parts Forgotten Seven Years at Crime Lab

September 22, 2014 1:57 pm | by Sean O’Sullivan, The News Journal | Comments

A bag of human remains — overlooked and forgotten since 2006 — was discovered in a refrigerator at the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the latest misstep for the scandal-plagued agency.         

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Colorado Crime Agency to Move to Bigger Forensics Lab

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is moving its forensics lab to a bigger building to accommodate a rising demand for DNA analysis. The agency says the new lab will help improve turnaround time.               

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Forensic firearms analysis is the subject of a new graduate certificate program offered by the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI) in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Syracuse Launches Certificate Program in Forensic Firearms Analysis

September 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Syracuse Univ. | Comments

Forensic firearms analysis is the subject of a new graduate certificate program offered by the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI) in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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One of the most important tasks for a forensic scientist investigating a death is to determine when the person died. Forensic biologists wondered whether microscopic soil-dwelling organisms could help date older corpses.

Amoebas as Time-of-Death Tool

September 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American | Comments

One of the most important tasks for a forensic scientist investigating a death is to determine when the person died. Forensic biologists wondered whether microscopic soil-dwelling organisms could help date older corpses.         

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Expert to Review Autopsy of NYC Chokehold Victim

September 19, 2014 2:13 pm | by Deepte Hajela, Associated Press | Comments

The expert forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy of the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Missouri will be reviewing the final autopsy report of a New York City man who died after being put in a police chokehold, the attorney for the man's family says.

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DNA testing sophisticated enough to exonerate Anthony Wright was not available in 1993, when a jury found him guilty of rape and murder, but it is now. And so for nine years his attorneys have pushed to see if advances in technology would support his case

DNA Tests from 1991 Rape-Murder Point to a New Suspect

September 19, 2014 2:04 pm | by Joseph Slobodzian and Robert Moran, Philadelphia Inquirer | Comments

DNA testing sophisticated enough to exonerate Anthony Wright was not available in 1993, when a jury found him guilty of rape and murder, but it is now. And so for nine years his attorneys have pushed to see if advances in technology would support his case.

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Wake County sheriff's deputies knew little about the man, except that he wore a foreign brand of jeans and blue boots and had two gunshot wounds to his head. That was 2003, the cold case came back to life when Sgt. Edward Blomgren of the Wake County Sheri

NC State Forensic Professors Help Solve Cold-case Crimes

September 19, 2014 1:38 pm | by Sarah Wheeler, The News & Observer of Raleigh | Comments

Wake County sheriff's deputies knew little about the man, except that he wore a foreign brand of jeans and blue boots and had two gunshot wounds to his head. That was 2003, the cold case came back to life when Sgt. Edward Blomgren of the Wake County Sheriff's Office called upon anthropologists Chelsey Ann Juarez and Ann Ross at N.C. State University.

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Civil Air Patrol officials say cell phone forensics have helped authorities narrow the search area for a missing small airplane which hasn't been seen since leaving the Headland airport in Henry County, Alabama.

Cell Phone Forensics Helps Narrow Search for Missing Plane

September 19, 2014 1:12 pm | by Matt Elofson, Dothan Eagle | Comments

Civil Air Patrol officials say cell phone forensics have helped authorities narrow the search area for a missing small airplane which hasn't been seen since leaving the Headland airport in Henry County, Alabama.           

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Could there be a new photograph of Billy the Kid? Famed Houston forensic artist Lois Gibson says yes. Gibson has been called the most successful forensic artist in the country with her sketches of suspects credited with solving more than a thousand crimes

Houston Forensic Artist Authenticates 'Billy the Kid' Photo

September 18, 2014 2:37 pm | by Heather Alexander, Houston Chronicle | Comments

Could there be a new photograph of Billy the Kid? Famed Houston forensic artist Lois Gibson says yes. Gibson has been called the most successful forensic artist in the country with her sketches of suspects credited with solving more than a thousand crimes.

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