COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado Springs homicide detectives will begin using a new DNA machine aimed at helping them identify suspects in unsolved slayings dating back to 1949.

Some of the cases the detectives will be looking at have already been through DNA testing but this new machine will catch evidence older technology couldn’t. The machine will be able to identify tiny skin cells a killer may have left behind at crime scenes.

The Denver Post reports Sunday that the DNA machine will analyze evidence from 89 unsolved homicide cases since 1949. Colorado Springs Police are dedicating staff to work on the cold cases full-time.

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  1. Kira says:

    I wonder if this will be used in the CC Benefiel cold case? She was an El Paso Sheriff’s Office Lt who was murdered in her home in the early 90’s. They have never conclusively solved her homiicide. Her ex husband was always a person of interest, but I am not so sure. I really hope her case iis on that list of 89.

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