SEMO professor, students identify remains found on Charleston farm in 1979

The identification was recently made through the combined efforts of Southeast anthropology professors and students, genetic and forensic experts, DNA studies and advances in technology. April 25, 2020 After more than 40 years, an identification has been made in a cold case involving burned, unidentified human remains recovered on a farm near Charl...

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MOVING ON UP: Columbus Police making themselves at home in new facility

One locker is refrigerated for evidence, such as blood or urine, that needs to be kept cold. April 25, 2020 The Columbus Police Department officially started operations earlier this month in its new downtown station at 2330 14th St. Funded by half of a $16 million bond issue approved by voters in 2018, the new facility is intended to help the depar...

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Cold case: Nevada convict charged in 1981 rape, murder of 16-year-old Oakland girl

After the DNA match last year and more investigation, including the jail house interview, April 24, 2020 OAKLAND — A 57-year-old man serving a prison term in Nevada for sexual assault has been charged in the Dec. 23, 1981 fatal stabbing and rape of a 16-year-old high school honor student whose body was found in a West Oakland parking lot, according...

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Widow, Normal police ask court to consider motions in pending lawsuit over alleged theft by officer

The lawsuit is centered on the theft of $12,000 from Holzhauer's home. She claims a police officer took the money while in the house to investigate her husband's death. Enter Article DATE HERE NORMAL — The attorney for a Normal widow has asked a federal judge to deny a request from the town to dismiss a pending lawsuit involving an alleged the...

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UPDATED Police: Normal cop faces 4 felony charges in theft of $12K


He is accused of stealing $12,000 from a Normal house while responding to a 911 call about an overdose, then trying to return the money December 22, 2020 NORMAL — A Normal police officer who tried to return money stolen during a call was caught during a sting operation in Pontiac, authorities say. Brian Williams is charged with felony theft and off...

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SI 'bishop' arrested for 1980 cold-case murder of Brooklyn teen Lorraine Snell


Chief of the District Attorney's Forensic Science and Cold Case unit, worked closely with the NYPD to utilize enhanced DNA technology. March 12, 2020 STATEN ISLAND — The mother of a Flatbush murder victim who was just 19 when she was strangled in 1980 sobbed tears of relief Thursday when PIX11 showed her photographic evidence that the long-time per...

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Arizona Man Originally Suspected in 1978 Cold Case Murder and Sexual Assault Arrested 42 Years Later

All evidence related to the crimes had been preserved by detectives and was stored in the department's property room  April 12, 2020 An Arizona man has been arrested on murder and sexual assault charges more than four decades after police discovered the two victims in the back of a pick-up truck. Glenn Williams, now 62, was the original suspec...

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DNA Breakthrough Identifies Suspect in Cold Case Murder of California Teen Unsolved for Nearly 40 Years

"Genetic genealogy has revolutionized law enforcement's ability to solve violent crime" April 24, 202 DNA technology has been used by cold case investigators in California to identify the sole suspect in the 1981 murder of a "developmentally disabled" teenager, police say. The process of "investigative genetic genealogy" recently flagged new leads ...

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Genealogy leads to 81-year-old suspect in 1963 cold case murder near Deckers (BOLO)

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office announced the suspect in a cold case murder from more than 56 years ago. April 24,2020 JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — During a press conference on Thursday morning, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office announced the suspect in a cold case murder from more than 56 years ago. The sheriff's office said an arres...

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State auditor: Central Police Dept's lack of paperwork leaves $7k worth of ammunition unaccounted for

Enter Headline here April 21, 2020 CENTRAL - After the Louisiana Legislature's Auditor conducted a review of the City of Central's Police Department it found evidence of disturbing errors in the department's paperwork and operations under its previous Chief of Police. According to a letter dated March 30 of this year, Central's current Chief of Pol...

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As Santa Fe struggles with shortfall, cuts to public safety may be limited

Enter Headline here April 21, 2020 As the city of Santa Fe faces a potential $46 million budget shortfall, the extent to which it will impact the city's emergency services staff is yet to be fully known. Mayor Alan Webber announced employee furloughs Monday, at either four or 16 hours a week, but for now, public safety employees will see only a min...

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A Man Awaiting Trial for Murder Is the First COVID-19-Related Death Connected to the DC Jail (Missing Evidence)

Trial was delayed due to federal prosecutors' failure to immediately notify the defense about missing body camera evidence. April 13, 2020 Delayed justice may have cost Deon Crowell his life. The 51-year-old was transported from the DC Jail to a hospital on April 7 after he tested positive for COVID-19. Less than a week later, he died of complicati...

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Ventura County sheriff's deputy arrested for destroying evidence, filing false report

Officials took Barrios into custody on April 10 for destroying evidence April 13, 2020 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KABC) -- A Ventura County sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly destroying evidence and filing a false report in connection to a drug arrest he made last year. Deputy Richard Barrios, 28, of Camarillo, was arrested in connection ...

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Lithonia police chief terminated after private investigation

Allegations against the chief included missing guns from ongoing investigations, missing badges and personnel allegations from officers regarding paid time. March 5, 2020 Allegations against the chief included missing guns from ongoing investigations, missing badges and personnel allegations from officers regarding paid time. That investigation con...

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Fairfax County detectives solve ’72 cold case murder of Karen Lee Spencer

The suspect, James "Jimmy" Edwards died in 1997. April 5, 2020 FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — Police say they have solved the murder of a 12-year-old Virginia girl, who was last seen alive in 1972. The Cold Case Squad at the Fairfax County Police Department believes Karen Lee Spencer's alleged boyfriend at the time killed her in the Huntington area o...

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Lawyers Discovered Long-Hidden Evidence at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. Now, a Death Row Inmate May Get Another Shot at Justice


Only a few weeks ago, in February, his defense attorneys found long-lost bullets that were removed from the victim's body and shell casings that were collected at the scene of the crime, all sitting in envelopes at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office Enter Article DATE HERE Documents filed this morning with the Ohio Supreme Court argue tha...

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Spokane Police used genealogy, exhumed suspected killer’s grave to solve 1985 cold case murder

Spokane Police Wednesday detailed the DNA link between a now-dead man and the rape and murder of a 12-year-old Spokane girl in 1985. March 28, 2020 SPOKANE, Wash – With details right out of a procedural crime show, Spokane Police Wednesday detailed the DNA link between a now-dead man and the rape and murder of a 12-year-old Spokane girl in 1985. Ma...

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Fort Wayne Police make arrest in cold case stabbing

Her case ran cold until detectives spent nearly a year reviewing evidence, conducting forensic testing, and interview multiple witnesses in several states including the suspect. March 25, 2020 FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne Police homicide detectives made an arrest in a cold case stemming from a 2002 stabbing that left a 17-year-old girl de...

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Lost ashes in vacant Bradenton lot were a mystery. Sheriff’s employee solved it

Sheriff Rick Wells did the honor in presenting the award to Kaczmarek. March 26, 2020 Manatee When Renee Kaczmarek left her position at the Manatee County jail two years ago to serve as a property and evidence processor for the sheriff's office, she didn't realize the surprises her new job would throw her way. After all, what could one possibly see...

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Justice Department watchdog finds flaws in how FBI handles missing firearms and keeps track of explosives

The Justice Department's internal watchdog found flaws in the ways that the FBI keeps track of its firearms, ammunition, nonlethal weaponry, and explosives, including those seized as evidence March 24, 2020 The FBI has "strong physical controls over its weapons, munitions, and explosives," DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found. But a report ...

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Charleston Police to temporarily restrict release of property held in evidence

The only items to be released will be those items deemed in need of urgent release March 22, 2020 CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department Evidence Office will temporarily restrict the release of property during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The only items to be released will be those items deemed in need of urgent release, poli...

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DNA evidence on discarded cigarette leads Florida authorities to killer in decades-old cold case

  Daniel Wells was arrested on Wednesday and charged with sexual battery and the murder of 23-year-old Tonya McKinley, who was found dead on New Year's Day 35 years ago. March 20, 2020 The DNA evidence found on a discarded cigarette has allowed authorities in Florida to arrest the suspected killer in a decades-old cold case. Daniel Wells was a...

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Arrest made in 36-year-old Newaygo County cold case

"Investigating a cold homicide case is extremely difficult but investigating a decades-old case with no body means an extraordinary amount of legwork, patience and tenacity," March 20, 2020 NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. — Nearly 37 years after a 25-year-old White Cloud man disappeared, a man has been charged with his murder. Roy Snell, 55, was charged with...

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Florida police make arrest in 35-year-old cold case homicide using familial DNA

DNA sample obtained from the scene of the crime through an open-source genealogy database and identified several different people believed to be distant cousins of the suspect. March 22, 2020 PENSACOLA, Fla. – Tonya Ethridge McKinley was 23 years old and had an 18-month-old son waiting for her at home when she was killed in the early-morning hours ...

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Sarasota Sheriff apologizes for destroying evidence in sexual assault, attempted murder cases

Prosecutors dropped charges; the suspect was recently sentenced to 25 years for a separate crime. March 19, 2020 SARASOTA — An antiquated policy led a Sarasota County Sheriff's Office lieutenant to destroy DNA evidence in two unsolved felony cases in the mid-2000s to make room in evidence storage, Sheriff Tom Knight said in a candid admission Wedne...

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Cold-Case Team, FBI Agents Secure Arrest in 2001 Cold-Case Homicide

The Cold Case Team had a confirmation with a match from the victim's DNA and crime-scene evidence. March 17, 2020 CHINO HILLS – A long-ago mystery into the death of a pregnant female dumped onto the roadway in 2001 came to the fore during the collaboration of Homicide Cold Case Detectives and agents from the FBI Forensic Genetic Genealogy Team. Fir...

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Editorial: Orange County Sheriff’s Department can’t be trusted to police itself

70% of Orange County's deputies hadn't booked evidence on time March 15, 2020 Once a law enforcement officer collects evidence of a crime, he or she faces a deadline to get the material back to the station to have it recorded, or "booked," and secured. The reason is simple: The longer a weapon, drugs, video or other evidence sits in a patrol car or...

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Ohio single mom's 1991 cold case murder solved using DNA uploaded to public genealogy site

"He's a ghost in the investigation,"​ March 13, 2020 A single mother's cold case murder in Ohio has been solved with an arrest after nearly 29 years. Rachael Johnson was 23 when she was raped, beaten, stabbed and set on fire on March 30, 1991. Her daughter was three at the time. On Thursday, Akron police charged Daniel Rees, 57, with the murder. Po...

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GBI arrests former LaFayette City Court clerk accused of stealing money from police

Enter Headline here March 11, 2020 LAFAYETTE, Ga. — State agents have arrested a woman accused of taking money from the police department during her time as LaFayette City Court clerk. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says on Tuesday, March 10, Jan Bridges was arrested for theft of fiduciary - theft over $500. Back in October 2019, LaFayette Pol...

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Missing funds prompt investigation of Canton Police Department


State audit revealed cash seized from two drug suspects was missing from the police department's evidence room March 9,2020 CANTON — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has opened a criminal investigation into the Canton Police Department after a state audit revealed cash seized from two drug suspects was missing from the police department's...

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Former Vandalia PD employee charged with misconduct and theft

She's also accused of theft for allegedly taking contraband being held as evidence from the locker that was valued over $500. March 6, 2020 FAYETTE COUNTY, IL — A former Vandalia Police Department employee has been charged in Fayette County Court with official misconduct and theft. According to court records, 29-year old Cheyenne Haxton is free on ...

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Windsor police have a new way of handling evidence

In the past, evidence was stored using physical methods. March 10, 2020 WINDSOR -- The Amherstburg Detachment of the Windsor Police Service is piloting a new digital evidence management software. Windsor police say over time they've seen a constant increase of evidence submitted in digital form. This can included cell phone pictures to home securit...

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DNA helps solve 20-year cold case in Indianapolis

March 10, 2020 INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An arrest has been made in a 20-year-old murder case in Indianapolis. William Swain is charged in the October 2000 murder of 39-year-old Arthur McPhaul. Swain faces felony charges of murder, criminal deviate conduct resulting in a serious bodily injury and criminal confinement. In October of 2000, police were ca...

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Pensacola Police HQ temporarily locked down after officers possibly exposed to fentanyl

Pensacola Police Headquarters is currently on lockdown March 10, 2020 PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – Pensacola Public Information Officer Mike Wood said three officers were working in an evidence room when one officer became lightheaded. He said the officers may have been exposed to fentanyl. All three officers were taken to the hospital, and the lobby o...

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Oklahoma police officer collapses, given overdose-reversal drug Narcan after fentanyl exposure

The Bartlesville police officer was packaging methamphetamine found during a Friday traffic stop when he became unresponsive. March 10, 2020 An Oklahoma police officer was administered a life-saving overdose drug after he was exposed to fentanyl last week, authorities said. The Bartlesville police officer was packaging methamphetamine found during ...

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Mystery Photos Found at Accused Serial Killer’s Home

Detectives would like to identify women in pictures discovered after DNA led to charges in a pair of murders. March 5,2019 Police in Burbank said the women seen in a cache of photographs discovered during a search of an accused serial killer's home could be important clues in the man's upcoming murder trial."I don't know who they are," said Burbank...

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Sheriff Barnes: 3 more deputies under investigation amid audit of cases after evidence mishandling

After that review we have identified a few additional deputies who were not in compliance with our policy, Enter Article DATE HERE During a Friday briefing of various department topics such as jail reorganization and coronavirus monitoring, Sheriff Don Barnes updated reporters, saying the department was almost half way through reviewing more t...

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Man suspected in four 1984 Colorado cold case murders advised of charges in Arapahoe Co. case

DNA technology linked Ewing to both the Arapahoe and Jefferson county cases, March 4, 2020 DENVER – The man suspected of killing four people and sexually assaulting a young girl in 1984, who was extradited back to Colorado from Nevada in recent days, was advised of the multiple felony charges he faces in his Arapahoe County case Monday. Alex Christ...

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Rape kits sit in labs, untested as required

As of August 2019, over 1,500 kits were still in the possession of State Police Enter Article DATE HERE ALBANY — Hundreds of rape kits are sitting untested in New York State Police crime laboratories as standards are being skirted, a situation that's left law enforcement officials also questioning whether the labs can keep up with new pre-tria...

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Deputies were ordered to delete Kobe Bryant crash photos to avoid discipline, sources say


a citizen complained that a deputy was showing the gruesome images at a Norwalk bar, February 28, 2020 In an attempt to keep the matter under wraps, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department quietly ordered deputies to delete any photos of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene after a citizen complained that a deputy was showing the gruesome ima...

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CSPD internal review reveals over 100 felony cases possibly tainted by missing evidence


  "The potential is they did not have all the paperwork on their case when they went through the criminal justice process," March 1, 2020 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Springs Police admit there are around 150 felony criminal cases that could be tainted by missing evidence. On Friday, the department revealed the results of an inter...

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Rocky Ford police officer accused of taking marijuana from evidence to sell

The investigation is still ongoing, CBI says. We're working on getting more details. February 27, 2020 ROCKY FORD, Colo. (KRDO) -- A police officer in Rocky Ford is facing a felony charge after an investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation found that he may have stolen marijuana that was seized during an active police investigation and t...

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Ex-Gwinnett drug task force member gets 10 years for stealing narcotics to traffic

None of the meth was checked into evidence February 28, 2020 A former Gwinnett County deputy, who was part of a federal drug task force, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for stealing drugs while on the job and trafficking it back onto the streets, authorities said. Antione Riggins, 41, of Loganville, pleaded guilty late last year to drug ...

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Former police officer admits evidence bid crime in Shetland

Tried to encourage someone to destroy a mobile phone with message evidence February 18, 2020 Robert Veighey, 57, tried to encourage someone to destroy a mobile phone with message evidence belonging to a woman accused of assault in an attempt to assist her avoiding prosecution. India Lockyer, 26, admitted the assault. Sentence on both at Aberdeen Sh...

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Former deputy pleads guilty to evidence theft, trafficking charges

Charges that included 16 counts of breaking and entering and one count of trafficking opium or heroin February 18,  A former Haywood County Sheriff's Deputy charged in 2018 with several felonies related to the theft of evidence, including narcotics, will be spending at least the next seven years behind bars. Kevin Smathers pleaded guilty to al...

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Upgrading Santa Fe police evidence room could cost a half-million dollars, plus new staff

The new positions will bring the number of evidence room employees to seven, which will allow the department to staff the room seven days a week, rather than only Monday through Friday. February 17, 2020 Equipment to revamp the Santa Fe Police Department's outdated evidence room is expected to cost about $467,000, and another $400,000 is needed to ...

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New Mexico man accused of 2 cold case rapes after backlogged rape kit tested

Enter Headline here February 16, 2020 A youth advocate is facing charges in two cold case rapes in New Mexico and California after DNA testing was conducted last month on a backlogged rape kit from 1997. The rape kit was collected by Albuquerque police after a 17-year-old girl reported being raped by an acquaintance at a party in April 1997, accord...

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1991 Asbury Park Homicide Cold Case Solved After 28 Years

DNA profiles from the victim's body, stockings, slip, and dress were retained and tested Enter Article DATE HERE FREEHOLD– A 1991 Asbury Park murder has been solved after new DNA evidence testing provided a crucial break in the case, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. On the morning of March 27, 1991, the Asbury P...

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What happens to drugs, property and other assets seized by law enforcement?

Seized evidence is stored by Metro in an 83,000-square-foot evidence vault— February 15, 2020 It's the law enforcement equivalent of a prized taxidermy moose hanging on the wall of a hunter's den. Police departments tout their seized hauls of drugs, firearms, cash and other assets on social media after a major bust, displaying photos of what they t...

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DNA ties 24-year-old cold case murder to suspect named in ‘Serial’ podcast

Committed suicide while serving time in Louisiana on an unrelated charge in 2008 February 15, 2020 North Myrtle Beach police have solved a 24-year-old murder using DNA evidence, naming a man tapped as a possible suspect in the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee by the podcast "Serial," according to WPDE. Ronald Lee Moore, who had also been named in a series...

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