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West Jordan PD Senior CSI Successfully Collects DNA From Spent Shell Casings

2016_08_24 Shell Casing Results

The best investigators are always looking for new and innovative ways to help solve more crime. Senior CSI Francine Bardole of West Jordan PD was frustrated from the lack of DNA results from swabbing under fingernails so came up with the idea of clipping the nails, vortexing them in a test tube and then pouring the solution with the DNA in it onto the Nalgene filter apparatus that we typically use to filter the M-Vac samples. And it worked! A short time later she was discussing trying to get DNA from spent shell casings with Wayne Carlsen, M-Vac Systems’ COO and science officer, and they came up with the idea to try the same method on the spent shell casings, which are notoriously difficult to get any DNA from. And it WORKED! Although this is only one data point, we believe this is a significant breakthrough and should it prove out to be repeatable and duplicatable this new method, coined the “Bardole Method”, will help solve many major crimes that involve firearms but the only evidence left behind are the shell casings. Great work Francine and Wayne!!!

Pouring Into Filter

 

 

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