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Solving Cold Cases with DNA Evidence

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $469,250)

The Pennsylvania State Police intends to provide for the highest probability of success for case resolution by combining the efforts of two specially trained units. The Criminal Investigation Assessment (CIA) Unit will conduct a thorough analysis of each cold case to identify those cases which would most benefit from examination of potential DNA evidence. The cold cases identified by the CIA Unit as having the highest probability of a successful outcome will then be forwarded to the DNA laboratory for forensic analysis. Program funds will be used to enhance the laboratory's ability to process samples as well as provide personnel resources for the review, selection and processing of cold case DNA evidence. At the end of the grant period, the 218 cases will be reviewed by the investigation team. All probative biological material will be delivered to the respective regional serology sections. The serology sections will select the probative biological material for DNA analysis and deliver to DNA as soon as reviewed.
DNA will analyze the cases and upload to CODIS.

Date Created: September 11, 2007