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Metro Cold Case Team Awarded federal grant

The Kent Metro Cold Case Team is the recipient of a $407,449 federal grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The grant, “Solving Cold Cases with DNA” provides funding for the cold case team to investigate violent crime “cold cases” that have the potential to be solved through DNA analysis and to locate and analyze biological evidence associated with these cases.

The 18-month award provides funding for personnel overtime, investigation, travel costs, equipment and outsourcing to private DNA laboratories.

Since 2006, The Kent Metro Cold Case Team has solved 6 cases. This includes their most recent arrest of Russell Vane for the 1976 homicide of Kathryn Darling and 1979 homicide of Diane Holloway.

The Kent Metro Cold Case Team was formed in 2006 through a cooperative effort of state, county and local law enforcement. It is currently comprised of full time detectives from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, the Grand Rapids Police Department and the Michigan State Police. The team office is located at the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

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