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Investigation Resources

Solving Cold Cases
http://dna.gov/uses/solving-crimes/cold_cases

DNA.gov resource for investigative information. Includes:

Practical Considerations
http://dna.gov/uses/solving-crimes/cold_cases/practicalconsiderations

Discusses evidence considerations, including evidence handling and contamination issues; legal considerations, including chain of custody and statutes of limitations issues; and victim and witness considerations.

Identifying, Analyzing, and Prioritizing Cases
http://dna.gov/uses/solving-crimes/cold_cases/identifying_analyzing_prioritizing

Sections include: Identify Potential Cases for Review | Case Review: Establish Priorities | Locating Case Files, Obtaining Evidence Logs, and Other Documentation | Evaluate for Probative Evidence | Continue Investigative Protocol | Follow Agency Procedures for Submitting DNA to CODIS | Prepare a John Doe Warrant

Sample Case Priorty Checklist
http://www.dna.gov/uses/cold_cases/solving-cold-cases/exhibits/samplechecklist

Sample checklist includes considerations for prioritizing cases.

Implementing a Cold Case Homicide Unit
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/leb/2005/feb05leb.pdf

Article from the 2/05 issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Resurrecting Cold Case Serial Homicide Investigations
http://www.fbi.gov/publications/leb/2005/august05leb.pdf

Article from the 8/05 Law Enforcement Bulletin discusses the role of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NVAVC) in assisting cold cases.

Cold Cases
http://books.google.com/books?id=XgScsbrXH_wC&pg=PP1&dq=every+contact+leaves+a+trace&sig=Vvlk91flhg9m3VkEPqCm8Mv2YVg

Chapter 8 of Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Connie Fletcher.

Homicide 101: Solvability and How to Increase Clearance Rates
http://www.vipd.gov.vi/the_beat/beat_article_005.aspx

Article by Elton Lewis from 6/25/05 issue of The Beat. Archive also includes articles on solvability factors from 1/23/06 and 3/20/06.