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.
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MH17: Two Australian investigators spend less than two hours at crash site

The Sydney Morning Herald Paul McGeough August 1, 2014

Hours of pain-staking negotiations with Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels pared the time that the first Australian investigators – just two of them – could spend at the MH17 crash site to just 85 minutes.

Men accused of separate murders of Sophie Collombet, Hugo Bonham appear via video link in Brisbane court AAP July 29, 2014

THE man accused of murdering French student Sophie Collombet has appeared briefly in a Brisbane court.
The 21-year-old Griffith University business student’s body was found at Kurilpa Park on the edge of Brisbane’s South Bank precinct in March.

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Slow, tedious process in identifying victims

The Sun Daily [Malaysia] 30 July 2014

Forensic and the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) process of the MH17 victims are going at a slow pace, with only 70 of the 227 coffins sent to Amsterdam opened so far.

The task is arduous although more than 200 international forensic experts from seven countries are involved in the task of identifying the remains of 298 people killed in the MH17 crash in Ukraine.

To date only one body, that of a Dutch national, has been identified, but authorities are withholding the name or sex.

A source said the task is slow and tedious as each of the 70 coffins opened so far were found to contain various body parts which are unmatched.

“Each body part is being checked through DNA analysis which is more reliable than identification based on finger prints, dental records, or identification marks. Furthermore, identification through unique belongings like personal jewellery cannot be done as they are believed to have been looted.”

“We foresee a delay in getting the bodies identified as the whole procedure is done in line with criminal investigations,” he added.

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Forensic pioneers ARRO Supranano make Oxfordshire acquisition

The Journal July 29, 2014  Tom Keighley

UK:  Newcastle University-based award winning forensics innovators ARRO Supranano buy up Manlove Forensics Ltd

A Forensics firm in Newcastle that has pioneered new techniques for crime scene investigation has acquired an Oxfordshire forensics services business.

Newcastle University-based ARRO Supranano, who have pioneered a new test that can give detailed information about a person from one fingerprint, have acquired Oxford-based Manlove Forensics Ltd in a strategic move.

ARRO Supranano employ seven at their INEX Centre base and will operate Manlove Forensics Ltd (MFL) as a separate firm.

The Wantage-based firm operates a purpose built laboratory facility where they provide analytical services used in investigation of road traffic accidents, drugs and CCTV and audio.  Continue reading…

Long and arduous task in identifying body remains

Malaysiakini 28 July 2014

Arduous scrutiny and a longer period of time – these are imperative for the Malaysian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) to profile fragments of human body parts belonging to victims of the doomed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 aircraft.

DVI chief Dr Mohd Shah Mahmud said it was a challenge for the 21 team members to meticulously decipher the identity of each victim at a Dutch military facility in Hilversum.

In one case, the team had to examine a human jaw which entailed a process lasting several hours, he told Malaysian reporters in an interview here last night.

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MH17 – news 29 July 2014

AFP again abandon bid to reach Malaysia Airlines crash site after driving into ‘battle zone’. ABC News 29 July 2014

Black boxes show shrapnel from rocket caused Malaysia Airlines crash, Ukraine says ABC News 28 July 2014

Some MH17 victims’ remains may never be found: AFP Sydney Morning Herald 28 July 2014

Australian and Dutch police will attempt to access Malaysian Airlines site again after shelling 28 July 2014

Countries with MH17 victims agree prosecution team News Asia 29 July 2014

Ukraine parliament considers agreement to allow AFP to carry weapons into crash site ABC news 29 July 2014


Gympie headless torso accused announced engagement to victim on Facebook

Courier Mail Kathleen Donaghey 26 July 2014

Police will allege Ms Williams murdered Mr Gerbic in his Tanawha home, cutting off his head, legs and hands before dumping his partial torso an hour away.  A thorough search of Mr Gerbic’s estate, which ended yesterday, has failed to uncover the slain man’s head and missing legs and hands.

Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said police had uncovered “several” items of interest that could form evidence.  Police also removed internal walls of the house to test for body fluid.

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MH17 crash site off limits

Sydney Morning Herald Paul McGeough, Heath Aston 27 July 2014

Violence around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 forced Australian and Dutch investigators to remain in their hotel on Sunday, despite Malaysia announcing  it had reached a deal for unfettered access.

The AFP released a statement late on Sunday confirming that the mission had been postponed.  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said overnight on Sunday that Australia was still determined to send unarmed police to the MH17 crash site despite the fresh violence in the area.

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‘Uncovered remains’ highlight need to secure MH17 site: Abbott  (ABC News)

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says human remains are still at the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site more than a week after the disaster, highlighting the urgent need for an international force to secure the area.

Grieving relatives at MH17 site as Dutch, Australia ready troops  (Channel News Asia)

The Dutch government, which is in charge of identifying the remains found at the site, said that forensic experts had confirmed the identity the first victim on Saturday, one of 193 Dutch citizens who had been on board.

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Former Bowen pool manager forced to deny killing missing Bowen teen Rachel Antonio

Townsville Bulletin SAMANTHA HEALY July 25, 2014

A FORMER Bowen pool manager was forced to deny he killed Rachel Antonio, or knew who did, during a five-hour grilling at an inquest yesterday into the teen’s disappearance.
Sidney Pate also denied calling the Antonio home, then Robert Hytch’s home, from the pool’s kiosk on Anzac Day 1998, the day Rachel, 16, vanished.
Mr Pate yesterday told the inquest Rachel had come to the pool at lunchtime and stayed for about half an hour.

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MH17: Australian investigators find new sections of aircraft, human remains

Brisbane Times Paul McGeough July 25, 2014

Hrabove, Ukraine: The first Australian investigators to visit the MH17 crash site near here were in a small investigative party that discovered new sections of the crashed Malaysian Airways aircraft and human remains that had been overlooked in earlier, much-criticised sweeps of the area.
The three Australians – two diplomats and a forensic expert – refused to talk to reporters. But an official of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Michael Bukiurkiw, said after guiding them through the crash site: “We found human remains yesterday and more again today.”