Report: D.C. police missing evidence
A federal report says D.C. police are missing evidence in hundreds of cases.
The Justice Department's inspector general said Monday that as of March, more than 2,700 cases were backlogged at the FBI lab's Nuclear DNA Unit, which examines biological fluid. That includes requests from D.C. police for testing.
The report says according to FBI lab personnel, police cannot locate evidence for more than 200 cases. That comprises almost half of the backlogged D.C. police cases.
The inspector general recommended the lab coordinate with police to resolve the issue. The Nuclear DNA Unit says it has instructed police to ensure that future evidence is located and prepared before submitting an exam request.
The FBI lab outsources D.C. police cases to a private lab for testing.
-- Associated Press
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