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Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Hurricane Ian deaths | 2/3/2023
Florida District Medical Examiners report hurricane deaths to the Medical Examiners Commission (MEC) following examinations and confirming the death is storm-related.

Governor DeSantis’ Framework for Freedom Budget continues historic support for law enforcement | 2/1/2023
FDLE and law enforcement leaders throughout the state are praising Governor DeSantis' Framework for Freedom Budget for protecting Florida families, businesses and Florida’s Capitol.  
 

In Case You Missed It: Governor DeSantis touts legislative priorities for law and order | 1/27/2023
"Governor Ron DeSantis knows the importance of keeping families safe, and, because of that, his commitment to law enforcement is unprecedented."

FDLE: Sexual Assault Kit tracking now available in many parts of Florida | 1/18/2023
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Mark Glass announced today that survivors of sexual violence now have a tool to follow the path of their sexual assault evidence collection kits (SAKs).

Today is National AMBER Alert Awareness Day | 1/13/2023
AMBER Alerts save lives.

FDLE observes Human Trafficking Awareness Day, recognizes victims | 1/11/2023
If you are a victim or if you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, please call 911; your local law enforcement agency; Florida’s See Something, Say Something hotline at 1-855 FLA-SAFE (855-352-7233).

Reward offered for information about Jasper homicide | 12/30/2022
A reward of $50,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who murdered Jaworski Williams.

FDLE highlights 2022 accomplishments | 12/28/2022
FDLE lists 2022 accomplishments

FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass warns about the dangers of fentanyl | 12/12/2022
FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass released a video following the publication of the Florida Medical Examiners Drugs in Deceased Persons report. 

FDLE hosts Florida Crimes Against Children Conference in Orlando | 12/12/2022
FDLE will host the 2022 Internet Crimes Against Children conference in Orlando this week.

Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Hurricane Ian deaths | 12/9/2022
Florida District Medical Examiners report hurricane deaths to the Medical Examiners Commission (MEC) following examinations and confirming the death is storm-related.

FDLE arrests Tallahassee woman for felony fraud in PPP loan scheme | 12/8/2022
FDLE agents arrested Takira Janae Watson, 25, of Tallahassee, for organized scheme to defraud.  

Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Hurricane Ian deaths | 12/1/2022
Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Hurricane Ian deaths

Florida crime rate drops for record 50-year low | 11/30/2022
Both violent crimes and property crimes decreased in 2021 compared to the previous year.

FDLE continues to seek information about missing Samantha Fiddler | 11/22/2022
FDLE continues to seek missing Samantha Fiddler

Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Hurricane Ian deaths | 11/16/2022
Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Hurricane Ian deaths

Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Hurricane Ian deaths | 11/16/2022
MEC Update

MSD Commission meets Wednesday | 11/14/2022
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2022 in the FLA Live Arena (formerly BB&T Center).

Update: Florida Medical Examiners Commission Tropical Storm Nicole deaths | 11/14/2022
Florida District Medical Examiners report hurricane deaths to the Medical Examiners Commission (MEC) following examinations and confirming the death is storm-related.

Dixie County 14-year-old still missing | 11/12/2022
Demiah Appling, the 14-year-old Old Town teen reported missing in mid-October, has yet to be found.

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Man found guilty in 2018 Marathon murder | 2/3/2023
We are proud of forensic analysis conducted by Crime Lab Analysts Kaleigh Brownell (Biology), Kim Barton (Friction Ridge) and Senior Crime Lab Analysts Connie Bell (Digital Evidence) and Tamara Disarevic (Biology), in this case! 
Wolf was convicted in the brutal 2018 sexual assault and murder of Rena Osbourne, a 51-year-old woman in Marathon.

Cold case cracked: Man arrested for murder nearly 36 years later, Pinellas deputies say | 2/3/2023
The Tampa Bay laboratory Biology/DNA Section, FDLE's Genetic Genealogy Investigations Team and Partner Parabon Nanolabs, and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office help solve a 1987 homicide! We are proud of Supervisor Melissa Suddeth, Senior Crime Lab Analyst Vicki Bellino, and Senior Crime Intelligence Analyst Supervisor Debbie Abney for all of their efforts on this case! 

Three indicted on murder and robbery charges in Okaloosa County | 12/8/2022
We are proud of our PROC Crime Laboratory and Analysts Jennifer Wilkerson (Biology/DNA), Tara Welch (Friction Ridge), Bonnie Beal (Questioned Documents), and Jess Bosseler (Seized Drugs) for their work that helped lead to this arrest! Three men are facing charges of murder and robbery after a February shooting in Niceville.  

https://www.wjhg.com/2022/12/08/three-indicted-murder-robbery-charges-okaloosa-county/

Two neighboring counties. Two mass shootings. The same gun. | 12/1/2022
FDLE Firearms Analyst William Black and Crime Scene Analyst Ashleigh Rettig assisted in this case, where a handgun fired during a shootout on Pensacola Street in Tallahassee was linked to a mass shooting at a Gadsden County nightclub. Analyst Black's work aided in the investigation of an individual murdered in the Tallahassee shooting. 

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2022/11/30/gun-linked-to-2-different-mass-shootings-as-tallahassee-trial-continues/10802177002/
 

Federal Jury Convicts Tampa Man of Double Murder | 11/30/2022
The defendant was convicted for the deaths of two victims murdered during a planned robbery over marijuana. Numerous agencies came together to assist in the investigation, examination of evidence, and trial testimony. See the full press release: Federal Jury Convicts Tampa Man Of Double Murder | USAO-MDFL | Department of Justice
 

WESH 2 Investigates: How Florida prosecutors used forensic science in Tommie Lee Andrews' case | 11/17/2022
Thirty-five years ago, DNA was first used in a Florida criminal trial. FDLE's Orlando Regional Crime Laboratory and now Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst Tim Petree are mentioned in the story!  

Springfield man sentenced to four life terms, plus more than 125 years in prison | 10/14/2022
A Springfield man was sentenced to four life sentences and more than 125 years in prison after he broke into a home, sexually assaulted two people and threatened to have them killed if they called the police.

DNA helps solve 1990 Charlotte Co murder | 8/31/2022
STR and Y-STR DNA testing by FDLE TBROC analysts helped identify a convicted murderer in Ohio as the donor to a crime scene sample from Punta Gorda. The suspect has been indicted in Charlotte County and will be extradicted from Ohio to face First Degree Murder charges in Florida. 

2 decades later, a guilty verdict in Tampa cold case rape | 6/14/2022
Crime Lab Analysts in the Tampa Laboratory Friction Ridge and Biology Sections examined evidence that helped identify and subsequently convict a man on a burglary and sexual assault from December 2000. 

Suspect arrested in Sanford burned shed murder (wesh.com) | 5/26/2022
FDLE Orlando Crime Lab Analysts in the Biology and Firearms Sections expedited this testing and made important observations that helped to lead to a quick arrest.  

Man arrested for possession of dozens of images of child porn in Wakulla County | 4/20/2022
Crime Lab Analysts in the FDLE Tallahassee Digital Evidence Section helped examine electronic devices, detecting images that led to charges against Flippo in Florida. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! | 4/13/2022
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Members throughout the crime lab system work year-round to examine evidence involved in alleged sexual assaults and to provide timely results, interpretations, and conclusions in these cases. Learn more from these national and Florida partners, and look for events in your local community.
 


Keystone Heights man sentenced in death of neighbor Jordan Cooper (jacksonville.com) | 4/13/2022
Keystone Heights man sentenced in death of neighbor Jordan Cooper (jacksonville.com)
 

Gang Leader Sentenced To Over 17 Years In Prison For Drug And Gun Offenses | USAO-MDFL | Department of Justice | 4/13/2022
TBROC DNA analyst Caroline Maimone and TBROC Seized Drugs analyst Shauna Barritt contributed to this case against a violent offender tried in Federal Court


FMROC drug chemists and TBROC biology and firearms members conducted testing that ultimately aided in this conviction and sentencing. | 2/28/2022
FMROC drug chemists and TBROC biology and firearms members conducted testing that ultimately aided in this conviction and sentencing.

Many members of FDLE JROC helped the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office work through this tragic case, and DNA aided in conviction of murderer Kimberly Kessler. | 2/28/2022
Many members of FDLE JROC helped the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office work through this tragic case, and DNA aided in conviction of murderer Kimberly Kessler. 

Detectives learn man accused of rape in Florida Keys died in Guatemala | 12/20/2021
Detectives learn man accused of rape in Florida Keys died in Guatemala (local10.com)
 

Brett Pleasant found guilty of second-degree murder in death of Jo Ann Leasure | 12/20/2021
“I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to work with Lauren Tirollo on the Brett Pleasant investigation. As the lead detective for the investigation, I can say this was initially a very hard case to work on. We conducted an extensive scene processing and canvass of the area surrounding the scene, but were left with no real leads in this case. This appeared to be a complete stranger committing a complete random act of violence. This case I can say was solved by Lauren Tirollo, for the processing as well as subsequent identification of Brett Pleasant. If not for the processing that she performed, this subject would not have been identified as fast as he was. Yes, additional DNA evidence assisted in the successful prosecution in this case. It was the latent work that truly solved this case. This morning, Brett Pleasant was sentenced to life in prison for the murder. I wanted to take a moment and extend my gratitude for Lauren’s work, that she did on this case.”
Detective Robert Patton, Homicide, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
 

FCSO: 4th of July Celebration lands Man in Jail | 11/19/2021
A 72-year-old man is charged with firing into a dwelling after Flagler County deputies say he fired into the air, leading to multiple bullets striking someone's home.

Cove burglary spree suspect nabbed by Panama City police with new fingerprint tech | 11/19/2021
A suspect in a rash of Panama City home burglaries has been identified in part thanks to a new fingerprint technology program.

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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.