A recent article in the Daily News begins:
“Manhattan prosecutors are dusting off yellowing files and using new technology to screen thousands of unsolved murders for DNA evidence that might finally nab a killer.
“An unsolved case shouldn’t be a forgotten case,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said of his new forensic science cold-case unit. Cold cases have been solved with DNA, but Vance’s office is the first in the city, and perhaps the country, to begin systematically reviewing unsolved murders through the genetic prism.
“Led by two of the country’s foremost DNA experts, Manhattan Assistant District Attorneys Martha Bashford and Melissa Mourges, the squad has reopened 95 murder cases since May.”
I don’t know anything else beyond what is in the article, and it doesn’t look like this is a group you can approach to have a case looked at, they won’t say which cases they’re working on, but bottom line this is good news. More unsolved murders are going to get a second look and that’s a very good thing. I’ll see if I can find out more after the holidays.
In the meantime, I post this picture every year … happy holidays!