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Half of missing DNA samples collected in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has collected about half of the nearly 18,000 DNA samples missing from the state’s databank.

The department’s data shows about 9,300 offenders still owe a DNA sample. About 95 percent of those offenders have completed their sentences.

The databank was found to be incomplete in September 2009 during an investigation into convicted Milwaukee serial killer Walter Ellis. His DNA should have been taken while he was in prison in 2001.

A state task force was created to suggest ways to improve the DNA collection system. Corrections spokesman Tony Streveler tells the Journal Sentinel that most of the recommendations have been adopted.

The task force has been sending out letters to get DNA samples from convicted felons who were supposed to have submitted them, but are now off state supervision.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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