Catching Criminals With DNA Evidence

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

February 28, 2007

Thousands of criminals' DNA are on record in the state of Virginia, but some samples have gotten lost over the years. That's why the local law enforcement started a statewide push to recollect missing DNA.

They began checking for missing samples in October, and Charlottesville Police have already identified a man who could be connected to a crime that was committed 5 years ago. They are hoping for hundreds if not thousands of other matches throughout the state.

In the General Assembly, lawmakers just passed a bill that would outline who should collect samples, and would authorize the correct people to gather what's missing.

Governor Tim Kaine is expected to sign the bill.

The Charlottesville Police just had one hit, that connects someone to a burglary that happened in 2005.

The system could help police find the serial rapist.

Captain Chip Harding says "If the system does this sweep back in time, to get those samples into the data bank, we could very well see a connection and it could hit on our serial rape case".

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