13News Now Investigates: New DNA technology police say helps crack cases

Advances in DNA evidence collection and testing are giving law enforcement agencies edges when it comes to their investigations.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Police are using new technology to better collect DNA and use profiles differently, finding that the advances have the ability to crack cases once considered cold.

The advances are not the stuff of science fiction, but of actual law enforcement cases, including some right here in Hampton Roads.

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As an example, investigators from Isle of Wight County told 13News Now the still-unsolved murder of Carrie Singer in 2004 may be more solvable than ever thought.

Technological developments have allowed law enforcement officers to gather new DNA samples and use those samples to construct a blueprint of Singer's killer.