Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $468,640)
The OCME will use the funds from this grant to pay the salaries of four wage Medicolegal Death Investigators and contract the services of a Forensic Anthropologist for pre/post-DNA examination of unidentified skeletal remains as required on a case by case basis, and a Forensic Odentologist for dental comparisons. The OCME also intends to contract services for skull facial resonstruction and use public relations tools to aid in leads for identification. The Medicolegal Death Investigators will continue to update cases in the database, add new cases, and conduct potential lead investigations. DFS will use funds from this grant to pay the salary and benefits for a mitochondrial DNA examiner and to purchase equipment and consumables to analyze submitted samples. DFS will continue the DNA analysis of all samples submitted, entering qualified profiles into CODIS 6.1.