ABSTRACT

Unresolved Cases: A Review of Protocols and Resources for Supporting Investigations Involving American Indians and Alaska Natives   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the Document: "Unresolved (or cold) cases--homicides and sexual assaults, long-term missing persons cases, and unidentified human remains--are an ongoing source of trauma to victims and survivors of violent crime. They also pose a challenge for law enforcement, whose resources of time, money, and expertise must often be directed to newer cases. In American Indian and Alaska Native communities, these adverse effects are magnified by existing challenges--lack of law enforcement resources and victim and survivor services, and high rates of violent crime. The Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons movement, a grassroots effort to draw attention and resources to violent crimes and disappearances in Indian Country, has led to a renewed focus on reinvestigating unresolved cases. This publication draws together best practices and resources for local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies reviewing and investigating unresolved cases, including sections on developing protocols, state and federal databases, DNA [Deoxyribonucleic Acid] typing, fingerprint evidence, and forensic dentistry."

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2022
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Public Domain
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U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS): https://cops.usdoj.gov/
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