1986 murder of Sarah Hunter has been back in the headlines lately, with the
news that police have found a DNA link
between Hunter and a longtime suspect. We look at how
DNA analysis has evolved in recent years, how new
technologies are impacting current investigations, and helping solve
More than 2,500 DNA samples are sitting in Vermont’s Forensics Lab in Waterbury, waiting to be tested. We take a closer look at how two new federal grants could help the state unclog its backlog, and we explore some of the legal issues surrounding DNA.
A state official says the emergency shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant last week was caused by a lack of grease in a bearing that’s part of a large motor-operated valve; two federal grants could help the Vermont Department of Public Safety clear a backlog of DNA samples from old criminal cases; a lading lawmaker is calling for a more uniform approach to domestic violence enforcement in Vermont; the city of Rutland is another step closer to moving its Recreation Department into an Army Reserve Center.