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!
Working with the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit organization that assists law enforcement with investigating unsolved cases, McDermott and five of her classmates were completing their final practicum requirement for their graduate certificate in forensic genetic genealogy at the University of New Haven. They helped identify a woman who had been found deceased behind a home in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2017. Forensic DNA profiling had not been able to identify her.
In February 1996, Terrance Paquette arrived at the Lil’ Champ Food Store between 5 and 6 a.m. to prepare for a 6 a.m. opening. Within a few hours, he was murdered by an unknown assailant, having been stabbed 73 times. He had only moved to Orlando a few years earlier, worked 60 hours weeks, and did not have many known associates. There were no witnesses to the murder, and investigators quickly exhausted all leads trying to find those responsible for Paquette’s brutal death.
In Fall 2019, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office engaged the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to assist with the case. FLDE contracted Othram to use advanced DNA testing to develop a comprehensive genealogical profile that could be used to generate new leads that might identify Paquette’s killer. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to build a comprehensive genealogical profile.
More than 93,000 people across Mexico are officially classified as missing — a staggering total that points to a crisis of not only violence but also forensics. In recent years there has been a growing recognition that many of the missing may be in government custody — their bodies scattered among the tens of thousands of corpses that have passed through morgues without being identified and then buried in common graves. Mexican authorities have vowed to put names to the human remains in their care. That is why Robles and 23 other Mexican crime scene investigators, forensic archaeologists and morgue workers spent five days last month at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center, a world-famous research center better known as the Body Farm.
It’s been more than 35 years since Love was found dead inside of her Bedford apartment. The case passed through the hands of 15 different detectives until finally, police were able to match DNA from the crime scene to identify her killer.
Othram Inc., the leading forensic sequencing laboratory for law enforcement, and Discovery Life Sciences™ (Discovery), the biospecimen and biomarker specialists™, today announced their partnership to pair Discovery’s innovative forensic genomic research capabilities with Othram’s human identification tools and services for law enforcement.
In October 1986, a hunter in Two Mile Canyon, outside Malad, Idaho discovered a partial human skull. The hunter reported the finding to authorities, and led officers to the location of the discovery. As it turns out, five years prior, the partial remains of two girls were found in the area, both homicide victims, who had disappeared in 1978 from the Pocatello area. The two homicide victims were Tina Anderson and Patricia Campbell, ages 12 and 15 respectively, who’s deaths remain unsolved. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has not ruled out the possibility that the remains found in 1986 might be connected to the two homicide victims from five years earlier.