RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Washoe County sheriff's office has
received a $342,000 federal grant to reduce the backlog of DNA
samples awaiting analysis.
Sheriff's officials say the money will be used to fund extra
part-time staff and equipment.
Authorities say evidence gathered in active criminal
investigations is done in-house at the crime lab. Samples from
convicts under the supervision of the Nevada Department of
Corrections are sent out for analysis and then entered into a
national database by county forensic staff.
During the 2008 investigation into the murder of Brianna
Denison, the county had a backlog of 3,000 DNA samples from
convicted offenders. Businesses and residents donated money to
process the backlog.
The Washoe County Crime lab provides forensic services to more
than 80 local, state and federal agencies in 14 counties.