Many laboratories process cold cases in one facet or another, but what is a "cold" case and how does one go about processing it? This webinar will be an interactive tool to assist government and private laboratories in the processing of cold cases. In the webinar, we will discuss testing methods used at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, as well as encourage other laboratories to share their specialized types of testing. We will further discuss advancements over the past 15-20 years in the field of forensic science and DNA. Specialized protocols used at the OCME, such as retrieving exogenous DNA from fingernails in cases where there was close contact with perpetrators and obtaining touch DNA from clothing, will be highlighted. Lastly, the presentation will focus on the constraints that laboratories face in starting a cold case unit and the limitations they encounter. What a laboratory considers “solving” a cold case will be explored as well as the status of future technologies that might be useful in solving cold cases.
Criminalist Level IV, Senior Supervisor, Cold Case Liaison
NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Criminalist Level IV, Senior Supervisor
NYC Office Chief Medical Examiner
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