DNA of 400 sex offenders missing from state database

Ben Poston and Ryan Haggerty report:


The Journal Sentinel analyzed a database of more than 12,000 felons found missing from the DNA database last month after an audit by the Justice Department.


A preliminary audit conducted last month by the state Department of Justice showed about 12,000 samples that should be in the 128,605-sample DNA databank are not.

The problems with the databank were revealed during an investigation into suspected Milwaukee serial killer Walter E. Ellis. The audit was ordered after investigators found that Ellis’ DNA wasn’t in the databank.

Read more in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

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