Ohio AG: DNA Requirement Helps To Crack Cold Cases

LONDON, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio attorney general says a law requiring the collection of DNA genetic evidence from adults arrested on a felony charge has helped identify suspects in scores of cold cases.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says authorities have identified prime suspects in 132 old crimes thanks to testing of that DNA evidence since the measure took effect last year.

DeWine says the collection and availability of more data has led to more matches with unsolved crimes. He says the number of DNA profiles processed by scientists in his office's criminal investigation division has increased by nearly two-thirds.

Its Ohio DNA database includes more than 421,000 DNA records from people who have been arrested or convicted. The system uses software to match the DNA profiles with crimes in Ohio and elsewhere.

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