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Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Cold Case Review Team

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $90,000)

The Wyoming Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Investigation, Cold Case Review Team proposes to identify, review, investigate and prioritize at least twenty (20) violent crime cold cases that have the potential to be solved through DNA analysis, and to locate and analyze biological evidence associated with these cases. Gaps in information will be identified by re-examining archives, speaking with previous investigators, re-interviewing suspects, and identifying and analyzing forensic evidence. From this investigation and analysis, the CCR Team will determine what evidence is suitable for retesting or new testing. Evidence determined to benefit from mtDNA, STR, and Y-STR testing will be sent to a private accredited fee-for-service laboratory. Any and all DNA profiles developed from the samples provided will be entered into CODIS to be searched periodically against all appropriate indexes for potential associations. In cases where a suspect DNA profile is developed or matches an offender in CODIS, the case will be considered open and active and will be investigated by members of the CCR Team in an overtime capacity. The Wyoming Office of the Attorney General requests $100,000 to support this endeavor. ca/ncf

Date Created: September 11, 2014