Aftermath adds $500 to DNA Doe Project at AJ Police Department
The Apache Junction Police Department was awarded a $500 grant to be used for the DNA Doe Project for genealogy comparison.
Tony Cusinato of Aftermath, presented the award to Crime Scene Technician Stephanie Bourgeois. Bourgeois’ submittal focused on the “Why We Serve” grant program. Stephanie championed this cause after submitting the request for a Jane Doe victim from 1992. This victim was submitted to the DNA Doe Project for genealogical analysis to assist in identification and provide a real identity to the victim. Lieutenant T. Parker, Captain A. Freeman and Chief Thomas E. Kelly also attended the presentation.
The $500 will be added to the Doe Fund ME accounts for law enforcement agencies who cannot afford testing for DNA through the genealogical process. Bourgeois credits co-founders of the DNA Doe Project, Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press, for their efforts to help the victims and their families to be reunited through this science.
Photo above: The Apache Junction Police Department was awarded a $500 grant to be used for the DNA Doe Project for genealogy comparison. Pictured, above left to right, are Lieutenant Thomas Parker, Captain Arnold Freeman, Crime Scene Technician Stephanie Bourgeois, Tony Cusinato of Aftermath and Chief Thomas E. Kelly