Latest Forensics News

Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found

Jul. 13, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery. The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone slab that will be formally opened next...

Renowned forensic scientist's testimony comes under question

Jul. 11, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Forensic scientist Henry Lee, who became famous for his testimony in the O.J. Simpson trial and his work on other high-profile murder cases, defended his reputation Thursday after lawyers this week again questioned the accuracy of blood-evidence testimony he gave decades ago. Wendall...

DNA tests confirm identity of 1st Filipino suicide attacker

Jul. 10, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — DNA tests have confirmed the identity of the first known Filipino suicide bomber in the country's south, an alarming milestone that underscores the need for public vigilance and a modernized armed forces, officials said Wednesday. Two attackers carrying explosives killed three...

Server image mystery in Georgia election security case

Jul. 3, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

The case of whether hackers may have tampered with elections in Georgia has taken another strange turn. Nearly two years ago, state lawyers in a closely watched election integrity lawsuit told the judge they intended to subpoena the FBI for the forensic image, or digital snapshot, the agency made of a crucial...

Conviction comes after DNA, family tree crack 1987 killings

Jun. 28, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A jury convicted a Washington state man Friday in the killings of a young Canadian couple more than three decades ago — a case that was finally solved when investigators turned to powerful genealogy software to build a family tree of the then-unknown suspect. Tanya Van...

Graves of US WWII servicemen unearthed on Pacific island

Jun. 26, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — An organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts has found what officials believe are the graves of more than 30 Marines and sailors killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. A team working on the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa found the...

Minnesota man to be sentenced for 1983 rape, homicide

Jun. 24, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man whose conviction for the 1983 rape and killing of a Minneapolis teenager was made possible by DNA evidence is being sentenced Tuesday. A Hennepin County judge last month found 64-year-old Darrell Rea guilty of the death of 17-year-old Laurie Mesedahl, whose body was found...

APNewsBreak: Texas says DNA technology jeopardizes cases

Jun. 20, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now a state board in Texas...

Investigators crack cold case murder of South Dakota woman

Jun. 18, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The murder of a pharmacist who was raped and strangled in her home in a South Dakota city more than half a century ago has been solved with the use of DNA technology and genealogy databases, police said. Investigators believe Eugene Carroll Field killed 60-year-old Gwen Miller in...

The Latest: Murder suspect trembled during interrogation

Jun. 17, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of man charged in slaying of Chinese scholar (all times local): 4:00 p.m. A detective is testifying that the former University of Illinois doctoral student charged in the slaying of a visiting Chinese scholar began to tremble and break out in what appeared to be...