Solving Cold Cases With DNA
Funding is available to identify, review, and investigate Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Part 1 Violent Crime “cold cases” that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis, and to locate and analyze the biological evidence associated with these cases. NIJ’s goal is to make funding available to States and units of local government for projects that will address all three of the following purpose areas:
- Case review—to identify, review, and prioritize violent crime cold cases that have the potential to be solved using DNA analysis (by appropriate persons such as prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists, and medical examiners) in order to determine whether DNA analysis of any existing biological evidence could help solve the cold case.
- Location of evidence—to identify, collect, retrieve, and evaluate biological evidence from such cases that may reasonably be expected to contain DNA.
- DNA analysis of biological evidence—to perform DNA analyses on such biological evidence, including the handling and screening of this evidence.