Familial DNA Databases Searches
Mitch Morrissey was elected District Attorney of Denver, Colorado in November 2004 and was sworn into office in January 2005. Mr. Morrissey is internationally recognized for his expertise in DNA technology, applying that technology in criminal prosecutions and working to ensure that DNA science is admissible in court. He has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors throughout the United States, in the Middle East and Canada. A veteran prosecutor, Mr. Morrissey introduced the first DNA evidence used in a criminal trial in Denver. The DNA Resource section of his Web site, www.denverda.org, has become a resource for people interested in forensic DNA throughout the world.
Mr. Morrissey has worked extensively on the Denver Cold Case Project, which has reviewed over 4,200 unsolved sexual assaults and murders in an effort to use DNA technologies to solve old cases. Mr. Morrissey, along with the Denver Police Department, is implementing the use of DNA to solve burglary cases and other property crimes.
Throughout his tenure as Denver District Attorney, Mr. Morrissey was the leading proponent in the United States of using Familial DNA Database Searches to solve violent crime. Since leaving the Denver D.A.’s office in 2017, Mr. Morrissey, co-founded United Data Connect, Inc., a DNA forensic DNA software company, that has developed a secure web-based system to make familial search software available at a reasonable cost to law enforcement throughout the world. A version of this software is currently in use on casework in Colorado, Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. New York, Arizona and Louisiana are implementing the software and are about to start familial searching in their states.