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New Vermont crime lab opens

Waterbury, Vermont - October 5, 2010

Law enforcement officials cut the ribbon on Vermont's new forensic lab Tuesday.

The crime lab is nearly 30,000 square feet of space for ballistics testing, DNA processing, chemical matching and more. It replaces a cramped, pre-World War II building where 20 lab employees processed evidence. The previous lab was in danger of losing its accreditation, but the facility director hails this center as state of the art.

"This building has been a dream of mine for a very long time. But it's not about my dream. It's about a facility for today, for our children, and their children," said Eric Buel, the director of the forensics lab.

The parents of 1991 murder victim Patricia Scoville were at the ceremony. DNA evidence helped convict Howard Godfrey of their daughter's killing. Part of the new lab is named for Scoville.

The forensics lab cost nearly $13 million. It's part of a $20 million upgrade of the state office complex in Waterbury.

Jack Thurston - WCAX News

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