The Republican lawmaker’s bill would expand the Justice Department’s genealogy testing of cold case victims – LSB

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First on Fox: Unsolved crimes put a burden on the victims, their families and the police as they try to catch criminals when all leads go cold.

Amid the cold cases, one Republican lawmaker in Pennsylvania is aiming to relieve some of that burden at the federal level.

House Republican Rep. Jay Reschenthaler is introducing the Cold Case Modernization Act this week to expand federal genealogy testing for cold case victims.

The Senate is warning of an increase in crime on Capitol Hill as lawmakers and staff face a rash of robberies and car thefts

Rep. Jay Reschenthaler, Republican of Pennsylvania.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., introduced the Cold Case Modernization Act this week to expand federal genealogy testing for cold case victims. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)

Reschenthaler’s bill seeks to resolve cold cases by expanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) criteria for funding grants toward forensic genealogy testing of unidentified human remains.

“Across the United States, investigators lack the critical resources to solve the cases of tens of thousands of unidentified human remains,” Reschenthaler said.

“The Cold Case Modernization Act puts these deceased Americans and their grieving families first, using the latest DNA technology to uncover answers and find the truth,” he continued.

Specifically, Reschenthaler’s bill states that any DOJ grant “be awarded to states and local units of government for forensic genetics.” [genealogy] “It can be used to identify unidentified human remains regardless of whether the manner of death is determined to be a homicide.”

Julie Murray speaks at a rally for cold case victims

Julie Murray, sister of missing nursing student Maura Murray, speaks at a rally for cold case victims and their families in Concord, New Hampshire, on August 15. (Nancy Currie)

Currently, the Department of Justice’s interim policy on “Forensic DNA Analysis and Research” allows funding to be used for victims of declared homicides.

Reschenthaler’s legislation would open up funds to non-homicide victims as well as victims whose causes of death have not been determined.

Reschenthaler’s bill comes at a time when America is witnessing rampant crime, including in the nation’s capital.

In October, the Senate warned lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff to take precautions amid the situation High crime rates All over Washington, D.C., following a series of violent attacks against members of Congress and those who work for them.

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Reschenthaler’s bill comes at a time when America is witnessing rampant crime, including in the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

In a bulletin to the Senate Chiefs of Staff, Administrative Directors, Chief Clerks and Directors of Staff, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms He suggested tips to reduce the risk of being robbed and warned of an increase in car thefts across the nation’s capital. The warning came a day after a Senate employee was robbed at gunpoint and weeks after a Democratic member of the House of Representatives had his car stolen.

“Local authorities have noticed an increase in car theft incidents in and around Capitol Hill and the District of Columbia,” the release, which Fox News Digital obtained from multiple Senate sources.

A variety of safety tips and reminders are listed in the bulletin, such as “Always keep doors locked and windows open” and “Don’t stop to help a stranger in a broken down car; call the police from a safe location instead.” “

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Another section primarily discusses what an individual should do if “confronted by a car thief with a weapon.”

The bulletin read: “Your safety is most important. Hand over your car without argument and leave the area quickly.” “Trying to remember the physical details of the car hijacker (gender, race, age, hair/eye color, distinguishing features, clothing).”

Fox News Digital’s Kyle Morris, Tyler Olson and Kelly Farris contributed to this report.

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