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Mar 14, 2014

Northwest Regional Computer Forensics Lab Receives Prestigious Accreditation

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) International recently accredited the Northwest Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (NWRCFL) in digital and multimedia evidence. According to ASCLD/LAB, 308 laboratories in the nation hold ASCLD/LAB international accreditation.

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Feb 08, 2013

Former Marine Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography

The Northwest RCFL provided assistance with the search of a subject's home and examination of his computers in a case that led to a guilty plea and a five year prison sentence for a decorated former Marine. Jefferson Franklin Williams of Salem, Oregon, faces both prison time and five years of supervised release for exchanging images of child pornography.

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Sep 29, 2011

FBI Asks for Public's Help — Prosecutor's Death Remains a Mystery

The FBI, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, marked the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Thomas Crane Wales. Mr. Wales, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, was shot to death in his home — 10 years later, the motive for the killing remains unknown as does the assailant(s). The Northwest RCFL supported the investigation — click here to read the FBI's press release. Anyone with information about the Wales investigation is asked to contact the FBI on 800-CALL-FBI or send an email to

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Jun 13, 2011

Kyron's Disappearance Passes One-Year Anniversary

The whereabouts of Kyron Horman, 8, remain unknown — more than a year after he disappeared from his elementary school. The Northwest RCFL has supported the investigation from the start.

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Dec 14, 2010

Northwest RCFL Support Successful Child Pornography Prosecution

Convicted sex offender Donald Wayne George, 64, is going to prison for 25 years for his many crimes against his 4-year old step granddaughter. The Northwest RCFL examined several pieces of media seized during the investigation, which was brought under Project Safe Childhood.

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Oct 23, 2010

Oregon Bank Bombers Receive Death Sentence – NWRCFL Supported Investigation

A jury handed the death sentence to convicted bank robbers Joshua Turnidge and his father, Bruce. The pair set a bomb in a West Coach Bank in Woodburn, Oregon which killed two officers and seriously injured the police chief

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Feb 11, 2009

FBI Lab Clues Police In — Portland center trains local officers on investigating in digital age

PORTLAND – Police investigators have been digging into computers for years, but now a digital crime scene can include a cell phone, a GPS unit, an Xbox game system ... or a teddy bear. That's why the FBI has established a regional laboratory to assist more than 100 police agencies in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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