This Week in Forensic Science

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!




Bone Proteomics Help Forensic Pathologists Better Estimate the Time of Death (Dual Dove – 5/1/2020)

  • Research performed on mice was recently posted in the ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research, stating that bone proteomics could play an essential role in determining the time of death.



Ohio Authorities Solve 40-Year-Old Cold Case Slaying of Dismembered Teen Boy (Forensic – 5/4/2020)

  • County Sheriff Russell Martin cited advances in technology and sheer determination by his staff Wednesday as key to identifying the murder suspect, Daniel Alan Anderson, who died in 2013. Martin said Anderson, who authorities say was 30 at the time of the crime, had ties to the area and had a violent criminal past.


Vatican Says Bones are Not Those Of Teen Missing Since 1983 (Forensic – 5/4/2020)

  • The Vatican has closed the case of bones found in a nearby cemetery, determining they are all at least 100 years old and therefore cannot be those of a woman reported missing nearly 40 years ago.

Knocking Down Barriers to Healthcare for Rural Sexual Assault Victims (Forensic – 5/4/2020)

    • The Penn State College of Nursing’s SAFE-T Center team, led by assistant professor and center director Sheridan Miyamoto, is working to address barriers to healthcare for rural sexual-assault victims with their new telehealth solution, the SAFE-T System.



Portland Police Make Arrest in 21-Year-Old Homicide through Forensic Genealogy Analysis of DNA Evidence (OregonLive – 5/4/2020)

  • Police say they’ve solved the 21-year-old killing of Portland resident Mark Jeffrey Dribin by matching crime scene DNA evidence to data in a public genealogy site, leading to a murder indictment against a 52-year-old man.



Crime-Solving Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore Stars in New ABC Series, ‘The Genetic Detective’ (People – 5/4/2020)

  • Using DNA left by an unknown suspect at a crime scene and collected by members of law enforcement, Moore and her team track down the suspect’s identity using DNA voluntarily submitted by relatives to public genealogy databases.



2015 Rape is New Mexico’s First Forensic Genealogy Case (Forensic – 5/6/2020)

  • Angel Gurule, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to criminal sexual penetration in what New Mexico authorities believe is the state’s first case of an arrest made after investigators uploaded his DNA profile to the database that allows members of the public to investigate their heritage.



Professor’s Groundbreaking Work Helps Set Free Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder (University of New Haven – 5/7/2020)

  • The lead forensic DNA consultant on the case of a Texas man who spent nearly a decade in prison for a crime he did not commit, Angie Ambers, Ph.D., says the cutting-edge DNA technology she applied to set him free could lead to many more people who have been wrongly convicted being released from prison.