Figure 2-24. DA Form 4137.
In unusual cases, where a high risk of losing the original DA Form 4137 (like isolated units that must mail the DA
Form 4137 to the servicing SJA for disposition approval), a letter may be substituted for disposition approval.
When this is used, provide enough information to allow the SJA to make a decision. The return correspondence
from the SJA giving disposition approval will be attached to the original DA Form 4137 for file at USACRC.
Unknown Subject Cases
Three months after an investigation is completed evidence may be disposed of from the investigation for which no
subject has been identified.
When the subject is not known, the evidence custodian will obtain the approval of the commander, SAC, provost
marshal, or representative, as appropriate. Their approval will be given by completing the final disposal authority
section of the original DA Form 4137.
Items with no Value as Evidence
When laboratory analysis proves an item to have no value as evidence, the item may be disposed of. Before you
dispose of any evidence, you must consult with the local SJA for approval. Controlled substances not associated
with an investigation may immediately be disposed of. This does not require SJA approval.
Items not Practical or Desirable to Keep
When it is not practical or desirable to keep items of evidence, disposal action may start right away. Items like
automobiles, serial numbered items, items required for use by the owner, undelivered mail, large amounts of
money, and perishable or unstable items may be disposed of immediately. They are not put into the evidence
room. Coordinate disposal with the SJA. The final