Washoe Residents Contribute to Crime Lab

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County authorities say they've received
donations and pledges to process a backlog of 3,000 DNA samples.

Sheriff Mike Haley reached out to the community earlier this week, saying processing the backlog could help solve the kidnapping of 19-year-old Brianna Denison and other crimes.

Of the $150,000 needed, the sheriff's office says it's received about $71,000 in donations and $93,000 in pledges.

The Nevada Legislature passed a law that required DNA samples be taken from convicted criminals but provided no money. Because the sheriff's budget was finalized before the legislative mandate, no money had been allocated to handle the backlog.

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