As state DNA databases expand, a growing number of “cold cases” are getting solved, but that’s leading to a new problem: Local jurisdictions can’t keep up with their burgeoning caseloads.

“I see it nationally as becoming a major problem,” said Ted Hunt, chief trial assistant in the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office in Kansas City, Mo. “We’re lucky to have a cold case homicide unit and a branch of sex crimes that works on cold cases, but many jurisdictions lack those resources.”

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