Two decades ago, then 18-year-old Angie Dodge was murdered in her Idaho Falls apartment. Although DNA evidence was left at the crime scene, police were unable to find a match. Advancements in criminal investigations of applying DNA technology, with proper collection and analysis, can convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent.
Martin Kaste with NPR reported that "Criminologists estimate that at least 200,000 murders have gone unsolved since the 1960s, leaving family and friends to wait in wonder."
By providing funding to advance the technology even further, DNA testing can help solve those unsolved cases.
The money will go to cold case foundations and under-funded police departments to educate staff and give them the foundation to test DNA results and ultimately solve cold cases.
By donating $5 For Hope, we want to help those affected by violent crimes bring closure to their families. We agree that unsolved murders perpetuate cycles of violence.
How can you make a difference and bring hope to families?