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DNA Tracking System Tracks Down Tallahassee Murder Suspect

Nineteen-year-old Tori Storm was nabbed after he was convicted of a crime in Texas and ordered to submit a DNA sample. Forty-three-year-old Daniel Kovack was found shot to death in this Mailboxes Etc. store back in 2001.

Tallahassee police had no leads and no suspects until a DNA tracking system called CODIS spit out the name Tori Storm.

SGT Jeff Johnson of the TPD Homicide Unit says, "Of course, once we got the hit on the DNA we were able to match fingerprints and we had an interview and a whole bunch of other things fell into place."

The national CODIS system keeps track of millions of DNA samples. Some taken from the scenes of unsolved crimes, most taken from saliva swabs of convicted offenders.

Mary Cortese, FDLE Senior Crime Analyst, says, "Here in Florida we have all homicides, sexual assaults, manslaughter, burglary, robbery and in 2005, we'll go to all felony cases."

Friday is the day that FDLE enters all of its new DNA samples into the CODIS database and checks to see if there are any hits or matches with new DNA samples submitted somewhere else.

In the case of this storeowner, whose killer seemingly disappeared without a trace, a trace of blood appeared to be all CODIS needed to track him down. CODIS, which stands for Combined DNA Index System, cannot only be used to nab suspects. It can be used to free them.

Earlier this year, a Tallahassee man accused of rape was released from jail after a DNA sample run through CODIS indicated someone else did it.


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