Reviewing the Cold Case - A Cellmark Perspective
Damien Singleton, Forensic Reporting Team Leader, Cellmark Forensic Services
Cellmark Forensic Services has considerable experience in cold case reviews and can draw upon the expertise
of over 200 reporting and laboratory scientists, including a group of highly motivated and experienced Senior
Scientists, many with decades of experience in forensic science, in resolving some of the most difficult of
unsolved cases. This presentation will cover some case examples and our approach following previous
reviews. Our approach combines an in-depth understanding of the methods and techniques used at the time
of the original incident with the subsequent application of the most up-to-date technologies. Cellmark’s
unique approach to the analysis of cold cases combines a thorough review by experienced and driven
scientists, not only of case files but of retained material, to identify existing and additional forensic
opportunities and to apply the full array of current techniques to their resolution.
Damien has been working in the field of Forensic Science since 2008 where he started his career with the
Forensic Science Service as a Forensic Examiner. Based at Chorley, and occasionally at the Northern Firearms
Unit, he worked in Violent Crime and Homicide and also the Sexual Offences Department.
Damien joined Cellmark in 2009 and following a further two years as a highly skilled casework examiner he
began his training as a Forensic Reporter (Biology). In 2018 Damien was promoted to Forensic Reporting
Team Leader and now manages a team of experienced senior scientists and science leads whilst mentoring
new trainees as well as taking on active casework.
Damien helped set up the role of Case Strategy Advisor (CSA) to the East Midlands Region working closely
with the Forensic Case Management Unit to assist with delivering individual case submission strategies. He
has been selected to succeed as the lead for Op ARTEMIS cases (Cold Case Reviews for East Midlands Special
Operations Unit) at Cellmark.
His skills mean that he is increasingly called upon to manage complex and high profile cases across a wide
range of crime types including murder investigations, volume crime, sexual offences and cold cases.