Adams Co. sheriff debuts DNA laboratory

County hopes of new lab will break testing backlog

Staff report
Posted 3/23/22

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office unveiled its new, $1.2-million DNA Laboratory on March 14. The department began noting the need for a local DNA Lab began more than 15 years, according to a press …

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Adams Co. sheriff debuts DNA laboratory

County hopes of new lab will break testing backlog

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The Adams County Sheriff’s Office unveiled its new, $1.2-million DNA Laboratory on March 14.

The department began noting the need for a local DNA Lab began more than 15 years, according to a press statement, and discussions began between then-Sheriff Doug Darr and Detectives Division Chief Fred Stoll. The press statement said law enforcement leaders across the state have “craved technological advances” in DNA forensics testing and the ability to utilize those advances for solving cases.  

Speaking at a March 14 press conference, Darr said it wasn’t a one-man effort.

“This was a team of people who worked pretty hard in the course of a lot of years to try and create a DNA lab in Adams County,” he said in the statement

Current Sheriff Rick Reigenborn presented the proposal for the lab to the Adams County board of commissioners in 2019. Commissioners allocated the $1.2 million. The press statement said the lab was built and furnished under budget.

Lead DNA analyst Roz Ekx led a tour through the new lab and explained the process of DNA collection, identification, isolation, multiplication and developing DNA profiles. Roz worked for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation processing DNA evidence until 2009 when she joined the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

The press statement said the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s lab only accepts a select number of sample collections. As a result, there are backlogs as investigators process DNA samples from across the state. The new Adams County lab will be able to process evidence quickly, according to the statement, and not just for violent or persons crimes, but also property crimes.

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