DNA Databank Review

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

December 15, 2006

An investigation by Captain Chip Harding of the Charlottesville Police Department has prompted state officials to look into Virginia's DNA Databank.

Back in October, Captain Chip Harding said he believed there could be as many as 50,000 samples missing from the Databank. Now the Department of Public Safety is investigating why the samples were missed and how the matter can be fixed. Harding says the missed samples could lead to some unnecessary harm.

"There out there and we are going to have victims tonight or this week that don't need to be victims. If their samples were taken when they should have been, we have victims that are going to be victimized that shouldn't be," he said.

The investigation could take at least two months. Virginia's DNA Databank is one of the most extensive in the nation with around 260,000 samples.

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