One thousand five hundred plus crime cases solved by DNA … The Georgia Bureau of Investigation hit that benchmark this week when they put into their DNA database, the genetic information of an Atlanta man recently arrested for firearm possession.
"This guy’s sample was just collected a couple of months ago, he was entered into system, " says Stephanie Fowler who manages the DNA database at GBI. "A search was done, so his new DNA profile was compared against all the DNA already in our system."
...And they got a cold hit. His DNA matched evidence collected from an unsolved 1999 sexual assault case.
Since its inception in the late 1990’s, the database has helped the GBI identify 1,513 Georgia offenders. The technology stores information from all convicted felons as well as samples from crime scenes, ranging from blood to hair to saliva-covered cigarette butts.