Evidence Collection

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory geochemist Kevin Uno and his colleague, University of Washington research professor Samuel Wasser, use radiocarbon dating and DNA testing to determine when and where an elephant was killed; sampling ivory recently...
by Columbia University
11:13am
8.14.2017
This year's meeting of the International Association for Identification features the most advanced trace DNA analysis, drone mapping of crime scenes and the latest high-powered updates to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or AFIS.
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12:42pm
8.9.2017
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A recent report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science examines some of the shortcomings of current forensic fire investigation practices, both on the scene and in the lab in cases which may include suspected arson, and offers...
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12:00pm
7.21.2017
An explosive found in the Oklahoma apartment of a man accused of setting off a pipe bomb near a military recruiting office had “unusual” features usually seen outside the U.S., according to a preliminary FBI investigation.
by Associated Press
12:24pm
7.20.2017
Arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a $3 million fine and forfeit thousands of artifacts to the U.S. government, after packages containing the artifacts were discovered to be mislabeled, misidentifying the items and misrepresenting...
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12:52pm
7.7.2017
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The employment of a wet vacuum DNA collection method on the 40-year-old evidence at the crime scene where 16-year-old Sharon Schollmeyers was discovered strangled to death has now found, and convicted, the killer.
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1:41pm
6.29.2017
Two years after 2-year-old Bella Bond’s remains were found washed up on a Boston-area beach, her mother’s boyfriend has been sentenced to prison for life. Michael McCarthy, 37, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Monday. The resolution of...
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1:10pm
6.28.2017
The preliminary conclusion in a woman's violent death was that she had been killed in a gruesome way: by use of a riding reel lawn mower. But the detailed investigation by a team of experts, published in the latest Journal of Forensic Sciences, came...
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12:09pm
6.21.2017
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In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler and magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with...
by Debora Rey, Associated Press
9:16am
6.21.2017
Three sources close to the investigation into the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist, in which 13 masterpieces were stolen, revealed that essential evidence to the case had disappeared. The duct tape and handcuffs used by the...
by Kristin LaFratta, MassLive.com
1:03pm
6.16.2017
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Forensic experts have spoken of the extraordinarily complex investigation that lies ahead at Grenfell Tower and predicted that establishing the causes of the devastating fire will take months.
by Hannah Devlin, The Guardian
11:19am
6.15.2017
The Mumbai Police have requested the handwriting analysis of a message that was found written in blood at the crime scene where Deepali Ganore, wife of police inspector Dyaneshwar Ganore, was allegedly murdered by her son Siddhant, 19, on May 23.
by Mohamed Thaver, The Indian Express
10:24am
6.2.2017
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The suicide bomber who killed 22 and injured 59 with an improvised explosive device at a pop concert in Manchester last night died in the blast. But the Greater Manchester Police Department has arrested a 23-year-old man as part of their...
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11:43am
5.23.2017
A nonprofit legal aid group is trying to re-open the books on a decades-old Baton Rouge rape conviction by tracking evidence for DNA testing. However, several items, including the rape kit, have disappeared from the evidence record since the 1980s.
by Steve Hardy, The Advocate
11:29am
4.24.2017
Forensic brainwave analysis—or “brain fingerprinting”—could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project has found. Brain fingerprinting measures involuntary brainwave...
by University of Canterbury
10:22am
4.21.2017
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Significant similarities were found between Stanley Tippett's penmanship and the printing in several letters asking another inmate to lie for him, according to a forensic document examiner's testimony. The results of her analysis were presented...
by Jessica Nyznik, The Peterborough Examiner
9:55am
3.30.2017
In cases of animal cruelty, such as abuse, neglect or animal fighting, the ASPCA cooperates with police and prosecutors by conducting forensic examinations of animals, looking at their physical health, their behavior and for any signs of trauma.
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11:28am
3.15.2017
In assault cases, when it’s a victim’s word against the abuser’s, medical evidence can make or break a criminal case. Due to a grant from the state Office of Emergency Services, some domestic violence victims in San Diego will have access to the...
by Lyndsay Winkley, The San Diego Union-Tribune
10:48am
3.14.2017
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Human facial expressions and subtle body language can influence children's responses during investigative interviews—bias that might be avoided with the use of robots. Software could enable robots to follow basic forensic interview protocol with...
by Alyssa Danigelis, Seeker
10:31am
3.13.2017
The defense team of a New York woman accused of murdering her half-brother is hoping a startling lack of DNA and fingerprint testing—including on an alleged murder weapon—will put the kibosh on a potential guilty verdict.
by A.J. Rao, The Post-Journal
10:57am
3.3.2017
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Tuesday’s testimony in the trial of New York man Robert Henry, who is accused of murdering Glen Falls resident Kevin Jenks, focused on handling of evidence by local police and state police, and the lack of forensic evidence tying anyone to Jenks’...
by Don Lehman, The Post Star
11:52am
2.15.2017
Mark Edward Grant was convicted in 2011 of second-degree murder in connection with the 1984 death of Candace Derksen, 13. But in 2013, the Manitoba Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, ruling the trial judge was wrong to exclude evidence the defense...
by Jill Coubrough, CBC News
11:20am
1.25.2017
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South Dakota announced earlier this month they have eliminated their rape kit backlog of 504 untested kits from years past. About half – 254 kits – yielded enough biological evidence for DNA testing.
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12:40pm
1.23.2017
Institutional problems within the Chicago Police Department have led to serious civil rights violations for years, including racial bias against blacks and a tendency to use excessive force, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released...
by Michael Tarm, Don Babwin, Juliet Linderman, Eric Tucker, Associated Press
11:48am
1.13.2017
The popular sports phrase “leave it all on the field” does not seem to correlate for some NFL players, especially in terms of misbehavior. New research has found NFL players who draw the most penalties are the same ones who have more criminal...
10:42am
1.11.2017
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