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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Location Evidence (cont.)

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Locating evidence is often a barrier to conducting DNA testing. Evidence may be routinely destroyed with no malicious intent. Suggested locations to search include:

  • Law enforcement evidence or property rooms.
  • State and local crime laboratories.
  • Hospitals, clinics or doctors' offices.
  • Medical examiner's or coroner's office.
  • Independent crime laboratories.
  • Clerks of court (including vaults).
  • Court reporter's files and storage areas.
  • Prosecutor's office.

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