No one has hours to scour the papers to keep up with the latest news, so we’ve curated the top news stories in the field of Forensic Science for this week. Here’s what you need to know to get out the door!
The cold case murder of a Washington woman has been solved over two decades later thanks to DNA evidence from a cigarette butt left at the scene, authorities announced Wednesday.
Douglas Keith Krohne, who died in 2016 of accidental causes, has been identified as the suspect in the 1995 killing of Patricia Lorraine Barnes, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mike Grant said during a news conference.
A series of sexual assaults in south Charlotte and Pineville put the area on edge in the 1990s. The suspect became known as the Myers Park rapist. He’d sneak into houses in the middle of the night, kidnap girls and assault them. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police identified the man they believe was the rapist in December. In all the years detectives spent investigating these cases, his name had never come up. But thanks to DNA and genealogy, detectives say they were finally able to identify him.
Investigators on Friday identified a woman whose remains were found nearly three decades ago in southern Illinois.
The head of the woman previously known only as Ina Jane Doe was found by two girls on Jan. 27, 1993, along a roadway in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park near Ina.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was Susan Lund of Clarksville, Tennessee, who was 25 years old when she disappeared on Dec. 24, 1992. She had gone to walk to a grocery store but never returned home. When the woman’s head was found in the state park about a month later, investigators were unable to identify her.
Developed by the Metropolitan Police, the new infrared (IR) technology speeds up the process, spotting blood almost immediately in some circumstances, even if it is less than a millimetre in diameter. The new technology revolutionises the ability to search dark clothing for blood stains through a purpose-built, super high-resolution camera.Using the camera, forensics examiners are able to view a large area of material at one time – the equivalent to an A4 sheet of paper, rather than poring over small sections with a light. The blood appears black while the dye in many items of clothing makes them appear fluorescent, creating a negative image.
A schoolteacher was on a walk in an Arizona desert in July 1960, surveying the ground for noteworthy rocks, when he made a startling discovery: the remains of a little girl.
Decomposed and partially buried in the sandy terrainlay a small figure dressed in white shorts, a checkered blouse and adult-sized flip-flops that had been cut to fit her small feet, authorities said. Her fingernails and toenails were painted red.
Detectives called to the scene believed she was around 7 years old. They named her “Little Miss Nobody.”
Now, 61 years after sheriff’s deputies in Yavapai County, Ariz., north of Phoenix, found the little girl, law enforcement officials announced Tuesday that they have identified her through DNA analysis. Her name is Sharon Lee Gallegos, and she was kidnapped at 4 years old near her home in New Mexico.
A man from Mississippi is charged with murder in the death of a woman in Surry County 30 years ago. Nona Stamey Cobb was found dead on I-77 in Surry County on July 7, 1992.
Special agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Cold Case Investigation Unit and investigators from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office started re-examining physical evidence in the case in April 2021, according to a news release.
Investigators worked with Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, founder of Identifiers International LLC, on the case. Fitzpatrick said the company specializes in forensic genetic genealogy in a Zoom interview with WXII 12 News Thursday.
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