Chief’s Counsel: Collection of DNA Upon Arrest: Expanding Investigative Frontiers

Katie Sepich was abducted, raped, and fatally strangled, then her body was set on fire and hidden in a town garbage dump on August 31, 2003. A minuscule amount of tissue recovered from Katie’s fingernails provided a DNA sample, and the DNA profile was uploaded to CODIS.1 Detectives worked tirelessly for over three years hunting Katie’s killer, expending hundreds of thousands of dollars in investigative resources.