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Chicago Police Department " Solving Cold Cases With DNA Initiative"

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $498,579)

This funding will allow the City of Chicago to systematically and comprehensively review 5500 unresolved Chicago homicides that occurred between 1980 and 2005, and identify 200 cases that have the potential of being solved utilizing current DNA technologies. The 200 identified cases will be subject to an evaluation panel consisting of experienced investigators, prosecutors, and evidence specialists, which will identify and prioritize 75 of those cases with the highest probability of successful resolution via application of current DNA technologies and other solvability factors.

Biological/DNA evidence from those 75 cases will be submitted to an accredited private lab for prompt analysis using current DNA technologies in anticipation of positive results (analysis of the Biological/DNA evidence yields probative information) and enter all established unknown donor DNA profiles into CODIS, NDIS, and/or, when appropriate, the FBI Missing Person Database for identification, and/or association to other crimes.


Date Created: September 11, 2007