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Piedmont Triad Cold Case Initiative: A collaborative effort between the cities of Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point.

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $246,444)

The goal of this proposal is to evaluate and resolve unsolved homicides in the three major cities of the north-central part of North Carolina which are located in close proximity to each other: Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem. The law enforcement agencies of these three cities are collaborating to identify, evaluate and resolve unsolved homicide cases using a combination of investigative skills and forensic DNA analysis.
Collaborate to thoroughly review and prioritize agencies 50 cases, identifying those potentially solvable through DNA analysis.
Submit DNA biological evidence for DNA analysis to an accredited private forensic laboratory for more efficient testing and results. Included are samples which require more sophisticated forensic DNA analysis applications.
Conduct monthly meetings and quarterly with all participating agencies to review cases, monitor progress, and collaborate on strategies for case solution.
Enter eligible DNA profiles into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), to be completed by a major law enforcement agencys crime lab which has partnered with the private forensic laboratory.
Identify suspect leads based on DNA profiles generated from private laboratory analysis.
Arrest suspects following a thorough investigation and refer cases to respective District Attorneys office for prosecution.

Date Created: September 11, 2014