Evidence Preservation in Missouri

State statute requires law enforcement to automatically preserve biological material in connection to a felony for which a defendant’s DNA may be collected for entry into the state database. The length of the preservation period is not articulated. Effective: 2001. Amended most recently: 2006.

Missouri’s statute does NOT meet the best practices standards outlined by the NIST Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation.

Read the statute.


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