In the case of the Queens robbery in 2010, detectives could not request a family search be performed; they were merely informed that a DNA sample partially matched a profile in the database. Detectives chose to pursue the potential lead, developing a family tree from the DNA sample; that led them to secretly securing a genetic sample from the father of a convict. But after tests ruled him out, they concluded the robber in Queens had no blood connection to the family under scrutiny, said Phil T. Pulaski, the chief of detectives, at a public hearing.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Is Partial Match DNA Analysis Worthwhile?
I'm a crime analyst and not a crime scene investigator but even so, I thought this was an interesting read. The New York Times had a piece that looked at partial match DNA technology to search for suspects in offenses where DNA based evidence had been discovered.