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The Ocean County Cold Case and Sexual Assault Initiative

Award Information

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Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $500,000)

The Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor is seeking this funding to assist with the 29 cold case homicides and countless number of unidentified human remains, many of which are believed to be sexually motivated based on evidence or facts learned throughout the investigation. In addition, this office processed more than 200 sexual assault kits over the past three years that are sent to the NJSP Office of Forensic Science, which adds greatly to their case load and ability to processes evidence in a timely manner.
FY 2023 SAKI grant funds would be used for the following: (1) testing or retesting evidence items in these cases, (2) training and overtime, (3) enhancing victim services, (4) travel costs associated with engagements with persons of interest, and (5) case review and further analysis of the violent crime cold cases.
Detectives from the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor, Major Crime Unit will lead this project. They will work in partnership with the Cold Case Regional Task Force, NJSP Office of Forensic Sciences, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and the New Jersey State Police Cold Case Unit.

Date Created: September 25, 2023