Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $81,939)
The Ocala Police Department proposes the Ocala Police Department Cold Case Homicide Project with the goal of reducing the backlog of cold case homicides that have the potential of being solved with DNA analysis. The purpose of this project is to identify, review, and prioritize cold case homicides to determine if there is biological evidence that might assist in solving the cold case. OPD project objectives include identification, collection, retrieval, and evaluation of biological evidence from unsolved homicides, labeled as cold cases. Funding will be used to further investigate over 20 cold case homicides dating back from the 1970s.