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Investigation of Cold Case Sexual Assaults - Archival
Archival - Sgt. James Markey, M.Ed. utilized his 30-years of experience with the Phoenix PD investigating sexual assaults and cold case sex crimes in order to holistically address the investigation and analysis of cold case sexual assaults.
Investigation of Cold Case Sexual Assaults - Archival

This webinar session addressed the current strategies and key considerations for the investigation of cold sexual assault cases as a result of testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). This session provided information for the identification, management, and improved response associated with previously unsubmitted SAKs. Best practices for developing a cold case investigative strategy, which include the overall management of cold case investigations, case review, crime scene interpretation, understanding forensic evidence, CODIS hit follow up, interviewing strategies, and case preparation, were discussed. This webinar provided the tools and steps to identify the resources necessary to address untested evidence in sexual assault, as well as present considerations in developing an appropriate victim notification process.


Sgt. James Markey, M.Ed.
Jim served for 30-years with the Phoenix Police Department retiring in 2012 as a detective sergeant. In his final 14 years he supervised the sex crime unit which investigated over 7,000 felony sexual assault cases, including over 100 serial rapists. In 2000, he developed and supervised a Cold Case Sexual Assault Team, which has reviewed over 3,500 cold case sex crimes while addressing the challenge of the backlog of evidence. In 2010, this team was recognized nationally as one of three…

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-AK-BX-K021 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.