OSBI Receives Grant to Review Cold Cases, DNA Evidence

Friday, October 1st 2010, 12:11 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- A federal agency extended a grant that will allow the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to keep reviewing cold cases.

The National Institute of Justice awarded the bureau a second DNA Cold Case Grant of more than $470,000. The money would allow OSBI to further review 300 cold cases from law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma.

The cases under review involved homicides, sexual assaults and other violent crimes. OSBI planned to use the money to identify and analyze biological evidence from those cases.

The OSBI DNA Cold Case Unit was made up of people from different divisions within the bureau. They worked together to identify cases with potential DNA evidence, perform analysis, and enter eligible DNA profiles into the National DNA Index System.

The funding will also pay for salaries, travel for field interviews, supplies, and exhumations.