Tuesday, January 09, 2007

DNA Match Between Offender Database And Cold Case

Desmoines Register

A cotton swab led investigators to a suspect 11 years after a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped in downtown Des Moines and raped behind a suburban convenience store. Jody Nolan McCullah, 38, of Prairie City, supplied a DNA sample when he was released from prison last summer on a separate assault conviction. The sample, from McCullah’s saliva, was stored in a database at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime lab. A match was made when West Des Moines police reopened the 11-year-old case, Lt. Jeff Miller said Monday.

Since the match wasn't made until the case was reopened there may be more potential matches that can help solve crimes that might otherwise remain unsolved. I hope there is both the interest to retrieve DNA from cold cases and the money to fund that retrieval.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:13 AM   2 comments links to this post


At January 12, 2008 3:14 AM, Blogger Heiresstoecuador said...

rot and hope you never see sunshine.thank you system for working for people

At February 19, 2008 3:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HE IS AND GOOD TO KNOW you can see him here http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/InmatesOnTheWeb/Details.aspx?bi=31694


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