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Maricopa County: Leveraging Forensic Genetic Genealogy to Solve Cold Cases

SAKI Site Coordinator Cesar Tirado, Detective Ashely Nolan
Apr 22, 2020

This webinar provides a brief overview of the Maricopa County (AZ) Attorney’s Office (MCAO) SAKI project and how it used funding to provide advanced/additional DNA testing to the twenty-five (25) police agencies within its prosecutorial jurisdiction. SAKI Site Coordinator Cesar Tirado discusses the procurement process used to identify vendor labs, how requesting police agencies obtain funds, and some of the unique challenges encountered as part of this funding opportunity. Detective Ashley Nolan of the Chandler Police Department highlights a cold-case sexual assault investigation that was successfully resolved with the assistance of MCAO’s advanced DNA testing funds.