Category Archives: Forensic DNA

Crime scene evidence, victims of crime, suspects allegedly involved in crimes and other persons of interest, analysis of blood, semen and saliva for DNA traces, major crime, volume crime (eg property crimes), evidence given at courts and in trials (expert evidence), CrimTrac, Disaster victim identification, missing persons, decomposed remains, new developments in methodology or equipment.
Focus on Queensland issues unless broader implications within the science (i.e. evidence challenged, legislation challenged, improvements in procedures etc)

Burnt torso: science, police work paints picture of victim

Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 17 April 2014

Detectives are relying on medical science to identify a man whose burnt, dismembered torso was found on the side of a rural Queensland last year.  Police are yet to determine whether a skull found last week in a pine tree plantation near Tin Can Bay, about 30 kilometres north of Cedar Pocket, belongs to the same victim.

Any DNA retrieved from the skull, which is being forensically examined at Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre, will be compared with DNA samples taken from the torso.

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Jury to decide if former sportsman is guilty of rape

Queensland Times Adam Davies 17 April 2014

A FORMER Rockhampton sportsman faces an anxious wait with a jury expected to begin deliberations today  to determine whether he his guilty of raping a woman in the front seat of his car.

The man, who cannot be identified in order to protect the identity of his alleged victim, has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court to rape, deprivation of liberty and assault with the intent to rape.

Detective Senior Constable Tim Everett told the court DNA samples were taken from both the man and the woman and were sent to the Queensland Health forensics unit for analysis.

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The husband of murdered woman Joan Ryther lends support to sexual assault hospital SAFE room

Quest Newspapers Heidi Braithwaite 17 April 2014

Spearheading the establishment of the room, clinical nurse Kym Bidgood said the DNA decontaminated space was protected and provided a way for medical staff to improve the journey for sexual assault survivors who presented at the Emergency Department while also helping with the preservation of forensic evidence for police.

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Man’s body found on Townsville street

ABC News 17 April 2014

Queensland police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body at Townsville in the state’s north.  The body was found on Sturt Street about 11:00pm (AEST) on Wednesday.

Police are still at the scene and the area remains cordoned off.  They are expected to conduct another search of the car park for any evidence.  The man is yet to be identified.  Detectives have spoken to the person who found the body, but say at this stage they do not know if the man’s death is suspicious.

A post mortem will be conducted.

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Body found in CBD carpark

Search fails to find suspected murder victim

ABC News Gail Burke 17 April 2014

Police have wound up their search of a dump south of Brisbane for the body of a missing man.  David Hanson, 71, was last seen at a Slacks Creek house at Logan on February 22.

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Man fronts court over alleged abduction of 3yo girl

ABC News Kallee Buchanan, Gail Burke 16 April 2014

A man has appeared in court charged with abducting a three-year-old girl from her Childers home, south of Bundaberg in south-east Queensland.

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‘Child abductor cared for girl’: court

Drugs not involved in abduction of girl

Qld man had ‘no links’ to abducted girl

Man who allegedly took 3yo Childers girl remains in custody

Court: Accused abductor ‘felt sorry’ for how girl was living

Alexis’s final moments caught on CCTV

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 16 April 2014

A man captured on security footage with murdered woman Alexis Jeffery may be the last person to see her alive, hours before the 24-year-old’s body was found on a riverbank at the Queensland/NSW border.

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CCTV footage of suspected murder victim posted on YouTube

Police speak to man in CCTV footage before suspected Goondiwindi murder

Chloe Campbell mystery: Police seize parents’ clothes

Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 16 April 2014

Speculation is mounting about the involvement of Garth Campbell in his daughter’s unusual kidnapping in central Queensland.

Police have seized the clothes three-year-old Chloe Campbell was wearing when she was found 42 hours after being snatched from her family’s Childers home.

It is understood clothing has also been seized from Mr Campbell and Chloe’s mother Tammy O’Donnell.

The couple has also voluntarily given police DNA samples.

Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said police were searching for fibres, fingerprints and DNA that might lead investigators to Chloe’s abductor.

Dumped skull damaged by bullet or weapon

Queensland Times 15 April 2014

POLICE yesterday confirmed that a skull found in Tin Can Bay forestry was damaged, possibly by a bullet or other weapon.  Police experts were attempting scientific reconstruction of facial features to help identify the dead person. Police are also checking dental records of known missing persons and we’re having DNA tests done.

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Weird noises from heroin overdose room

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran 15 April 2014

A GOLD Coast motel manager inquired after the health of a guest, Tyler James Smith, 20, the night he died of a heroin overdose in 2008, only to be told he had had too much to drink.

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