DCI “Always” Working To Solve Cold Cases With DNA

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief


By Kayleigh Milas

ANKENY, Iowa - A string of recent arrests in Iowa cold cases is shining a light on advancements in DNA technology.

“We are always working cold cases,” said Bruce Reeve, DCI Laboratory Administrator. “Right now DNA is the area that’s advancing the most rapidly.”

Most recently investigators in Iowa City used DNA to allegedly link John Bloomfield to the 1997 murder of his wife. Bloomfield, 73, made his initial appearance in Johnson County court last week.

Reeve said the crime lab outside of Des Moines continues to make advancements in DNA technology. In the Bloomfield case, some of the DNA matching technology was sent to an outside lab, researchers said.

“We determine whether or not there might be another technique that can be used on the evidence,” Reeve said. “It isn’t uncommon for us to reference agencies out to an outside lab to do what we can’t do here.”

Paul Bush, a criminalist supervisor who oversees the DNA portion of the lab, says the lab is currently working on many cold cases.

“We are actively working on some cases that are 10, 20 and some I think even 30 years old,” Bush said. “We are going back and looking at DNA on some of those old cases.”

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG