WHAT IS IT: The Rosie Tapia Identification Project is a grant-type program for law enforcement in 6 intermountain states wanting to identify human remains. Sponsored by the Cold Case Coalition (us), it provides free extraction of DNA and Next Generation Sequencing through the nonprofit Intermountain Forensics laboratory.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Law enforcement in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
DEADLINE: REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 31, 2021.
WHAT IS COVERED: RTIP covers free testing of 1 sample per unidentified person. Testing of additional samples is available at the lab's regular nonprofit prices (posted on its website). It also covers up to 40 hours of Investigative Genetic Genealogy through the lab's IGG division.
HOW TO APPLY: Email Emily@IntermountainForensics.com with information about your case. Please include RTIP in the subject line or body of the email.
Rosie Tapia was a 6-year-old girl murdered in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1995. It was her family's need for answers that led to the formation of the Cold Case Coalition in 2017.