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What to Do If You Don’t Get a CODIS Hit?

Testing forensic evidence or searching CODIS may not lead to identifying a suspect. Sexual assault investigations can still move forward, even without a CODIS hit. Forensic analysis is one tool investigators can use to build a case or identify leads. This document offers an overview of investigative techniques that can be used regardless of the status of forensic evidence. Investigators and others can use this tool to learn how to use investigative strategies to move forward with cases.

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Cold Case Review and Investigation: What to Do If You Do Not Receive a CODIS Hit

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What to Do If You Don’t Get a CODIS Hit?

Testing forensic evidence or searching CODIS may not lead to identifying a suspect. Sexual assault investigations can still move forward, even without a CODIS hit. Forensic analysis is one tool investigators can use to build a case or identify leads. This document offers an overview of investigative techniques that can be used regardless of the status of forensic evidence. Investigators and others can use this tool to learn how to use investigative strategies to move forward with cases.

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