Grant to help state police probe `cold' cases

Agency to get $600,624 from U.S. Justice Dept.

April 29, 2005|By Matt Dolan | Matt Dolan,SUN STAFF

The Maryland State Police will receive $600,624 from the U.S. Department of Justice to help investigate unsolved "cold" cases through the analysis of DNA evidence, federal prosecutors announced yesterday.

Federal officials said that $14.2 million was awarded to 38 jurisdictions nationwide. In Maryland, officials said, the Montgomery County Police Department will also receive funding - $170,159.

"We are pleased to assist our state law enforcement partners in using the latest technology to solve cold cases and identify the missing," Allen F. Loucks, the interim U.S. attorney for Maryland, said in a prepared statement yesterday.

The grants, officials said, are part of a presidential initiative to supplement more than $1 billion earmarked to eliminate backlogs in casework; improve crime laboratory capacity; provide DNA analysis training; provide for post-conviction DNA testing; and conduct testing to identify missing persons.

Fifty of the 100,000 missing listed in the National Crime Information System have their DNA information listed.

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