MU analyst presents research at national conference
HUNTINGTON — Season Seferyn, a Parentage DNA analyst at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, presented findings from a property crimes project at a conference sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The presentation titled, “A Comparison of 1,600 Property Crime Cases from Miami, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina,” addressed findings from DNA test results of evidentiary items recovered from crime scenes.
Seferyn presented his findings during the 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition that took place in October in Philadelphia.
The findings included the types of evidentiary samples that were most likely to produce DNA profiles and the differences in legal definitions of a property crime from each jurisdiction according to federal, state or local code. Statistics were presented on the adjudication process of cases, sentencing and restitution for each jurisdiction.
Marshall’s Forensic Science Center participated in the project, which was coordinated by the National Institute of Justice. The goal of the project was to identify best practices for the sample collection process at the crime scene and enhance the DNA identification perpetrators.
The agencies from South Carolina that participated in the project were the Charleston Police Department, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the North Charleston Police Department, the Mount Pleasant Police Department, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center — Southeast.