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Wisconsin Cold Case Initiative - Resolving Cold Cases with DNA

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $506,323)

Funding is requested to review approximately 150 cold cases by several participating agencies. The majority of funding will be used to hire experienced retired homicide investigators and provide overtime funds for full time detectives to devote time to cold case investigations. The cases will continue to be selected based upon solvability factors. Grant funds will provide investigators with access to a project crime analyst who will create analytical product packages to spur lead development. Additionally, the grant will fund overtime for the DNA analysts to ensure cold case priority testing. Funds will also be used to achieve innovative objectives include applying analytical tools to predict solvability, using DNA to assist in the identification of unidentified human remains, and creating an auxiliary team of retired, experience homicide investigators to assist the Wisconsin Cold Case Unit.


Date Created: September 13, 2010