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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 | 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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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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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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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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