The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding.
The Allegheny County Crime Lab in Pennsylvania analyzes more than 19,000 pieces of evidence a year. But despite funding labs run by the state police, Pennsylvania lawmakers have approved no money for Allegheny County's lab since 2011.
Hamilton Scientific recently announced that it has acquired the assets of the laboratory business of Dancker, Sellew and Douglas (DS&D) based in Somerville, New Jersey.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are working to improve ballistics matching methods with assistance from the Prince George's County, Maryland, Police Department Crime Laboratory. Their work together will contribute to a collection of topographic data from thousands of fired bullets and cartridge cases.
The parents of a six-year-old Washington girl found slain last week sat in a courtroom as a judge ordered a 17-year-old boy under investigation in the child's death and sexual assault held on $1 million bail. Authorities said they linked evidence found near the girl's body to the DNA of Gabriel Gaeta, who was friends with her family.
Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glas
Professor Sue Black knows exactly what she wants to happen when she dies. “I want all the tissue off and I want to be restrung as a skeleton in that corner so I don’t miss out on anything,” she says, pointing across the dissection room at the University of Dundee Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (Cahid), where she is director.
Months after the murder of Rania Alayed, the search for her body had ground to a halt. Although her husband — who had admitted to her killing — indicated the approximate location where he buried the body off a highway near Manchester, northern England, police were still left with miles of open field to dig through. Frustrated with the high cost and lack of progress, investigators turned to an experimental form of satellite imaging.
Thirty-five years ago, funeral directors in Delaware struggled to quickly bury and cremate the remains of more than 900 people who died in a suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, many of them Peoples Temple followers who drank cyanide-laced punch. But, recently, officials revealed that not all had been brought to a final resting place.
Dutch forensic experts have identified a total of 65 victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the government said, as the last of the team investigating the crash returned from eastern Ukraine.
A police investigation based in Ohio, and spanning at least three states, wants to determine why a woman would burn off her fingerprints. Sheriff's offices in Maine, Southwest Florida and Ohio are trying to find the true identity of a woman going by Julia Wadsworth.
A man accused of breaking into more than a dozen units at a storage facility left behind fingerprints in an unusual place, according to Hollywood Park police. Fernando Antu, 28, was taken into custody earlier this week. An arrest affidavit stated that a sergeant with the Hollywood Park Police Department found a man inside a closed storage facility around 1 a.m. Monday.
CRAIC Technologies is pleased to announce several updates to its website at www.microspectra.com. These include a substantial amount of detailed technical information on both microscopy and microspectroscopy in the Technical Support section.
In the last five years latent print analysis has been challenged as a forensic science in and outside of the courtroom. While research into the reliability of latent print analysis is ongoing, NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a new online course to better prepare latent print examiners for their court testimony.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to adopt a rule requiring that laboratory analysts be available for cross-examination at trial. A majority of the court said requiring every analyst who was involved in the testing to be available for questioning by the defense was not required by the Sixth Amendment’s confrontation clause and that doing so would create “practical drawbacks that range from moderate to severe.”