Begun Center Research Identifies Previously Missing DNA Profiles & Solves Cold Cases

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“It can’t only be Cuyahoga County that has the problem [of missing DNA profiles].”

Rachel Lovell, PhD, of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education weighed in on a Cleveland Plain Dealer story about the Owed DNA project on which the Begun Center is collaborating with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mike O’Malley.

Thus far, efforts to collect swabs of DNA from more than 500 Cuyahoga County probationers whose profiles were missing from state databases, and has so far netted 21 hits to crimes that gave police leads in unsolved cases or confirmed previous convictions.

15,000 DNA profiles are missing, and Lovell says this is likely a conservative number. Despite laws requiring police to collect DNA during arrests for previous crimes, this largely has not been done, leading to the missing profiles.

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