Nebraska State Patrol Reaches 200th DNA Match

CODIS was established in 1994 by the DNA Identification Act and implemented in 1998.

A drop of blood. A single strand of hair. That's all the Nebraska State Patrol needs to collect a DNA sample.

The Crime Laboratory has officially recorded its 200th DNA match. The hit involved DNA from a Lincoln burglary case.

"Any hit is important with CODIS," said Katie Rector, State CODIS Administrator. "You're helping someone's life-- whether you're exonerating someone or identifying a potential suspect.

"So every hit is important. This just happened to be a round number that the state patrol is excited about."

DNA samples are taken from crime scene evidence and can include blood, skin cells or hair.

The Crime Lab uses its Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) to match these samples from those taken from state offenders.

Lincoln's lab is the only one with a CODIS in Nebraska. .

"It's a good thing because a lot of our cases that are involved in CODIS hits don't have any suspects identified. And the investigation would go no where. So when a CODIS hit happens, then we are able to provide the law enforcement agency with a lead. "

As of August, the state had more than 19,000 offender profiles and 1,060 forensic samples.

"The CODIS data base is an invaluable investigative tool for law enforcement agencies across the state," said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent Nebraska State Patrol.

"Our Crime Laboratory takes great pride in maintaining the database and ensuring its integrity."

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