Evidence Rooms in the News: August 2014

Here's a quick summary of some evidence rooms making headlines across the United States in August 2014.

Flooding damages crime evidence in Warren police department

WARREN, Mich. - August 13, 2014 - After receiving more than five inches of rain in less than three hours, the city of Warren was hard-hit by flooding. Among the victims of the flooding was the Warren Police Department, where one source told the Macomb Daily that evidence was left floating in the basement.

Sheriff’s staff gave away key evidence in drug gang murder case

BUFFALO, N.Y. - August 11, 2014 -
A retired property-room clerk admits that he was in error when he handed a box containing evidence from a 1998 murder to an auctioneer in 2002. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office property room was running low on space, so — aided only by a pen-and-paper evidence tracking system — he did a routine purge to make more room. Then, almost 16 years later, federal prosecutors went to bring one of the suspects in a violent drug-gang murder to trial and found the physical evidence from the case had been disposed of.

State Police probe evidence allegations

YOUNGSVILLE, La. - August 5, 2014 -
The mayor of Youngsville contacted state police with a request: find out “why evidence is walking off from the evidence room.” The move came after two former Youngsville Police Department officers reported to a city council meeting about problems with evidence handling.

Lost evidence in 2011 Hardeeville murder located

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - July 31, 2014 -
Following an audit by state investigators of the Hardeeville Police Department’s evidence room, evidence from a 2011 murder case that had been thought missing was relocated. The audit was called for after the 2011 case was reopened in order to determine if a former Hardeeville investigator had any relation to two of the three men originally charged in the death.

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Recovering Latent Fingerprints from Cadavers

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