Colorado Finds DNA Scientist Manipulated Data For 15 Years

A former forensic scientist at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) manipulated or omitted DNA test results in 652 cases between 2008 and 2023.

According to the CBI’s investigation, Yvonne “Missy” Woods violated the agency’s policies “ranging from data retention to quality control measures” for 15 years when she was working as a lab agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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The CBI, in collaboration with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, found Woods posted incomplete results and omitted material facts, affecting her 29-year career.

A review of her previous work from 1994 to 2008 is currently underway, the report mentioned.

Though not falsifying matches or fabricating data, Woods violated agency policies.

“This discovery puts all of her work in question, and the CBI is in the process of reviewing all her previous work for data manipulation,” the CBI investigation revealed.

An attorney filed a lawsuit against Woods, claiming Woods’ faulty analysis led to wrongful conviction.

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