Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $452,293)
The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD), with the resources provided by the Solving Cold Cases with DNA Grant is addressing two important components in the investigation of "cold case" sexual assaults to include rapes, sodomies and potentially other Part 1 violent crimes.
The first is the evaluation and prioritization of cold cases that have potential biological evidence but have not been analyzed by the KCPD Crime Laboratory. Currently the KCPD Sex Crimes Cold Case Squad with the assistance of the KCPD Crime Laboratory identified approximately 5,500 cold sex crimes cases where biological evidence potentially existed from the years 1972-1992 that were in need of review and then analysis by the crime lab.
The second component is to reduce the steadily growing amount of sex crimes cases
that have a CODIS hit identified or have a full or partial profile developed for an unknown suspect but have yet to be investigated fully. Prior to the inception of the Sex Crimes Cold Case Squad (which was started with the Solving Cold Cases with DNA Grant in 2008) there were 126 cold cases that had either a CODIS hit or an unknown DNA profile in CODIS. Currently, there are approximately 177 samples in CODIS for Cold Case Sex Crimes that have never matched to a suspect. The KCPD Crime Laboratory and the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office are collaborative partners and are fully in support of this endeavor.