Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $255,869)
IMPD and its partners propose to continue reviewing and solving cold cases through DNA analysis over a 24 month period initially focused on finishing unsolved homicides while simultaneously moving onto other violent/sex crimes. Solved cases will result in arrests and convictions of offenders upon further investigation and after receipt of more DNA matches already in the pipeline for analysis by the Crime Lab. During this period, IMPD and partners will review all DNA-rich homicide and sexual assault cases in which persons involved are still available for prosecution; gather evidence; complete DNA analysis; and enter DNA profiles into CODIS. Approximately 20% of cases (248 cases) reviewed will have evidence that can be subject to DNA analysis, and one fifth will have evidence useful in solving cases. IMPD also proposes to begin working on Part 1 Rape cases that have not outlived their statute of limitations.