Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $435,961)
The Solving Cold Cases with DNA Program was established to search, evaluate, select, and conduct DNA analysis on violent crime 'cold cases' (i.e., old, unsolved cases) that have the potential to be solved through DNA testing. Experience has shown that such cold case review programs can solve a substantial number of homicides and rapes. Recent advances have improved the ability of analysts to successfully use DNA from biological evidence that is old, of poor quality, or limited in quantity. These scientific advances, in addition to the availability of searchable convicted offender databases, has increased the likelihood of solving cases previously thought to be unsolvable.
- Improving Age-at-Death Estimates from Human Skeletal Remains Through Spatial Analysis of Intracortical Remodeling Using Geographic Information Systems Software
- Evaluation of the Occurrence and Associative Value of NonIdentifiable Fingermarks on Unfired Ammunition in Handguns for Evidence Supporting Proof of Criminal Possession, Use and Intent
- A Universal Method for the Detection of Organic and Inorganic Gunshot Residue based on Fast Fluorescence Mapping and Raman Spectroscopic Identification