It is great news when a new technology works on the lab bench, but true success is achieved when it works in the real world. Fortunately, the M-Vac® has had success on the bench and in the real world. Sharing the "real world" successes is another story.
We can only share details about cases when they have been adjudicated, discussed in the press with regards to the M-Vac or "whitewashed" of association. We can say that the M-Vac® has successfully collected DNA material from the following evidence items: T-shirt, comforter, pillowcase, bed sheet, panties, pants, pants pockets, blood soaked shirt, brick, rope, socks, sweatshirt, river rock, toy stuffed animal, scarf, ski mask, halter top, zip ties, wig, towel, Molotov cocktail wick, firearm, gun sock, duffle bag and cinder block. Below are a number of cases and a short video of investigators who use the M-Vac.
Molotov Cocktail - CODIS match of major profile the M-Vac obtained from a gas soaked and unburned Molotov cocktail wick.
Case Strengthened - DNA collected from fabric in a rape case match the suspect.
Justice After 39 Years - Sampling of a scarf and halter top yield the perpetrator's DNA 39 years after the murder.
Teddy Bear and Clothing - M-Vac sampling of a teddy bear and clothing yield DNA results that change the course of the case.
Bed Sheet - The DNA profile of the perpetrator is collected from a bed sheet used in an attempted arson.
Y-STR - Blood Soaked Item - A full and clean profile was obtained from the collection from a blood soaked item.
River Rock – The M-Vac collects a full profile from a rock used in a homicide 18 years earlier.
Rope – Conclusive mixture with major and minor profile where major profile is uploaded into CODIS.
Bedding – An adjudicated case with full profiles when traditional methods had only produced inconclusive partials.
Restraints – Conclusive mixture with a major and two minor profiles move case forward.
Brick - Conclusive mixture of the victim and perpetrator profiles where the China database match led to the conclusion of the case.
Articles of Clothing – A cold case where the M-Vac yielded positive results in challenging circumstances.
Hoodie Sweatshirt – Major and minor profiles when traditional methods yielded an inconclusive mixture.
Water Soaked Clothing – Touch DNA from a victim that had been in the water for 8-10 hours.
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