With only six months left with her duties as Mayor of Atlanta, Mayor Bottoms announced Friday July 16th updates in her quest to reexamine evidence and further investigate the circumstances that led up to the Atlanta Child Murders.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says investigators have extracted DNA evidence in the Atlanta Child Murders and they’re hoping to have additional information on them in the next few months.
Bottoms announced the updates during a Friday morning press conference, detailing recommendations made by an anti-violence advisory she formed in May.
“We want to be mindful of the integrity of the investigation,” she said.
Bottoms says the private lab has “extensive experience” with processing old or deteriorated evidence and DNA, and a successful history in providing evidence for nationwide high-profile murder cases. She did not specify the name of the agency assisting with the investigations.
The Atlanta Child Murders are considered to have occurred during a narrow window of time, the years of 1979 –1981, but the investigation team is now extending the possible timeline from 1970 to 1985, Bottoms revealed. She says they’ve broadened that window to consider any additional children or other victims that were possibly overlooked.
“Fiber evidence was reanalyzed in all 30 of the cases,” Bottoms said.
The investigative team has already been able to send off DNA for additional analysis in two cases. Bottoms says they hope to have additional facts in those incidents within the next few months, before her tenure as mayor comes to a close.
Check out the 11Alive special report below on the situation.