“Science and advances in technology are catching up to criminals who have escaped identification, capture and prosecution. Law enforcement and criminal justice professionals recognized the important contribution that California Department of Justice criminalists make to solving cold-cases and assisting families with some sense of closure.” -CSLEA President Alan Barcelona SALINAS -On February 22, 2024, the […]
California DOJ assists in identification “Identifying the remains of an individual can go a long way in helping investigators to solve a case. It also provides answers for family members of missing relatives. This is very important work, and thanks to the criminalists at California DOJ who work with investigators and genealogy experts, more cold […]
California DOJ criminalist testifies regarding DNA evidence “This case demonstrates the importance of evidence and the scientific work conducted by California Department of Justice criminalists. Despite the absence of one victim and witnesses during the trial, DNA collected from evidence connected the accused and the victim who could not be located to testify.” – CSLEA […]
“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous and deadly. Law enforcement officers do an excellent job working to identify those who are driving under the influence and to get them off the road before they harm themselves or others. We appreciate the drug analysis work that is conducted at California Department of […]
“We are very appreciative of the forensic work that continues to be done to identify remains of individuals that were found decades ago. It is important to family members and to investigators to provide closer, to obtain answers, and to follow up on whether crimes were committed.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona HUMBOLDT COUNTY – […]
“Using advances in technology, the criminalists at the California Department of Justice are assisting law enforcement departments throughout the state with cold case investigations. We are proud of their contributions to public safety, criminal justice, and assistance to families who, for many years, have waited for answers.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona PLACER COUNTY – […]
The California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services Crime Laboratories in Watsonville and Richmond assisted with this case “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, all of whom waited more than two decades for an arrest and conviction. Technology continues to advance and the work that California DOJ criminalists do in labs throughout California […]
On November 7, 2023, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced that through forensic DNA testing, a woman whose body was found 43 years ago has now been identified.
On October 30, 2023, Devin Michael Cuellar, 29, of Oakhurst, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for being a felon in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition while squatting on private property in Yosemite National Park, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
On October 16, 2023, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced it is investigating the death of an unidentified man whose body was recovered from the Stanislaus River.
“The DOJ-led task force in Placer County should be commended following the investigation, arrest and sentencing of this now convicted killer who supplied the fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a teenager. California law enforcement officers and district attorneys are not only shining a glaring spotlight on those who supply this powerful synthetic […]
“Mariposa County Sheriff’s investigators have the best of the best at California Department of Justice forensic labs. The criminalists can often provide detailed information that moves investigations forward.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona MARIPOSA COUNTY – On October 6, 2023, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in connection with the Wendy Pullins […]
“The work of all involved in investigating and prosecuting this case, as well as the strength of the survivor, has removed this dangerous person from the community. We appreciate all those who dedicated time and effort to this investigation and hope that the sentencing assists the survivor in recovering from this vicious attack.” – CSLEA […]
MARIPOSA COUNTY – On September 26, 2023, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office invited public assistance in solving a missing persons case from June of 2022, a case that California Department of Justice (DOJ) criminalists are assisting with. “Numerous California law enforcement agencies count on the expertise of criminalists who work in California DOJ labs throughout […]
“California Department of Justice criminalists are an asset to law enforcement investigations of many types. Their work assists in convicting and exonerating individuals suspected of crimes, and there is simply little argument when it comes to science. We thank those who conduct this work at California DOJ labs throughout the state for their service.” – […]
“The work that is conducted by California Department of Justice criminalists throughout our state is exceptional and not only assists law enforcement in their investigations, it also helps families to find answers to questions regarding their missing loved ones.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – On August 2, 2023, the San Bernardino […]
“Thank you to the law enforcement officers and California DOJ criminalists who assisted with this case. Their efforts removed this criminal from the community helping to make it a safer place. Our thoughts are with the victims who were terrorized by this criminal as they went about their jobs and daily activities.” – CSLEA President […]
“We appreciate that local law enforcement departments are revisiting unsolved cases and submitting evidence for testing and cross-checking databases. The criminalists at California DOJ are so valuable to these investigations. We thank them for their dedication to science and criminal justice.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona MONTEREY COUNTY – On July 31, 2023, the Monterey […]
“The partnership between local law enforcement departments, district attorneys’ offices and California Department of Justice forensic labs is so important in solving crimes today, and crimes that occurred years ago. Technology and highly-specialized criminalists at California DOJ are key to identifying suspects and getting answers for families whose loved ones have gone missing or became […]
“Californians are very aware of wildfire danger and are hypervigilant, keeping their eyes and ears open and assisting law enforcement with their witness accounts of suspicious activity. This is extreme helpful to investigating arson cases as is forensic evidence and we thank the criminalists at California DOJ who assisted with this investigation.” – CSLEA President […]