Familial Searches

 

Familial searching is a deliberate search of a DNA database conducted for the intended purpose of potentially identifying close biological relatives to the unknown forensic profile obtained from crime scene evidence.  Familial searching is based on the concept that first-order relatives, such as siblings or parent/child relationships, will tend to have more genetic data in common than unrelated individuals.  Practically speaking, familial searching would only be performed if the comparison of the forensic DNA profile with offender/arrestee DNA profiles has not identified any matches.

DFS Familial Search Policy

Contact the DNA Supervisor in the appropriate Regional Laboratory for assistance.

Forensic Biology Supervisor

Laboratory

Telephone

Lisa Schiermeier-Wood Central Laboratory 804.786.4707
Anne Pollard Eastern Laboratory 757.683.8327
Karen Ambrozy Northern Laboratory 703.335.8100
Nicole Harold Western Laboratory 540.561.6600