Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said that he hopes to cut the time it takes to process DNA and
fingerprint evidence in half.
While the turnaround time to analyze the evidence takes longer than he would like, technology
is bringing victims closer to justice, CrimeTracker 10's Angela An reported.
The state's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation has processed DNA taken
from places like jewelry, eyeglasses, blood stains and hammers.
DeWine cited a case where investigators obtained DNA off a woman's eyelids. It helped
solve a rape case.
Robin Roggenbeck, a BCI&I forensic specialist, said that she has tested everything from
human remains to candles and antlers.
"(There) was a theft where the individual broke into a residence, obviously got a little
hungry and decided to eat part of a chocolate candy bar," Roggenbeck said.
She said that the thief left behind a fingerprint in the chocolate.
Instead of dusting for prints, Roggenbeck said that a newer method, using digital
photography, helped identify the suspect.
In another case, Columbus police identified a woman who was buried in concrete because her
fingerprints were found embedded into the crevices.
DeWine said that BCI&I is averaging a 125-day turnaround time for analysis of DNA or
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