Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $499,995)
The purpose of these funds will be used to identify, review and prioritize cold violent crime cases, examine the evidence from these cases for potentially probative biological materials, and perform DNA analysis on the recovered biological materials for upload into CODIS. Case Technicians will review up to 567 unsolved homicides and identify potentially probative biological material for DNA analysis and upload profiles to CODIS. The ability to solve these cases will be facilitated by the cooperation between the District Attorney's Office, the criminal investigator and the forensic science community. Following the success model at the MSP Worcester Detective Unit's Unresolved Case Unit, many types of unsolved violent crimes, MSP will focus these grant funds to potentially clear some of the unsolved homicides in the state. Because of the successful system established through the close relationships between the MSP detectives, the prosecutors, and the Crime Lab, the state will benefit from additional resources to better focus our efforts toward violent cold cases. Investigative travel and contractual case and lab technicians will be the focus of the funding.
- Experimental and numerical investigations for the development and validation of thermo-chemistry models and property databases for selected wall lining materials under fire exposure
- Evaluating the reliability and accuracy of multiple geophysical methods in the search for clandestine graves
- Research & Evaluation of Boston's Community Violence Intervention & Prevention Initiative