Virginia forensic scientists achieve 10,000th ‘cold hit’

DNA leads the way in criminal and missing persons identification. Unfortunately, other forensic methods like bitemarks and hair analysis have proven to be a bust.

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RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Forensics Science hit an important milestone last month, according the Governor’s office.  Scientists achieved the state’s 10,000th DNA database “cold hit.”

Last month, police linked DNA from the database to samples collected at the scene of a 2014 sexual assault in Northern Virginia.

“DNA Data Banks have become a 21st century crime-fighting tool, and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science has been at the forefront in using it to keep our citizens safe,” Governor McAuliffe said.

Virginia’s DNA data bank was established in 1989, according the Governor’s Office.

Monday morning, McAuliffe and U.S. Senator Mark Warner toured the Central Laboratory in downtown Richmond.  It is one of five labs in Virginia that helps process DNA evidence collected at crime scenes, among other tasks.

Senator Warner announced he planned on sponsoring legislation that would reestablish federal funding for state labs.  The…

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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