Officials at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab have elected to employ familial searching as a means to identify close relatives of potential suspects in cold cases. Familial searching, in contrast to conventional DNA identification, uses partial matches or commonalities to identify individuals with a similar DNA profiles. This process allows law enforcement to identify relatives of a possible suspect. Although skeptics question the ethical and legal viability of familial searching, a growing number of states have adopted the technique. Critics cite Fourth Amendment concerns as a reason for their hesitation. Nonetheless, Louisiana officials hope to have the capabilities operational by the end of this year. The article can be found below: