As part of the NamUs system, the Center for Human Identification at the UNT Health Science Center coordinates with criminal justice agencies, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to identify, collect and perform DNA analyses on unidentified remains and family reference samples free of charge. For DNA submission paperwork and instructions, visit the DNA Submission Page.
National database solves case of man found in Niagara River in 1994
By Rick Pfeiffer firstname.lastname@example.org Jul 5, 2017
The man was from Ohio. He had a family, a wife and children. Park police officials did not release the man’s identity.
“He had been kind of a drifter and the family never reported him missing,” Moriarty said.
The lack of that missing person report had hampered the attempts to identify him. NamUs, however, matched him using a fingerprint database from the man’s military service. Read more at the link below.
Montana "Cold Case" remains identified as an AF member
By Linda J. Card, AFOSI Public Affairs / Published June 22, 2017
On June 8, 2017, investigators received a dental match on the unknown skull found in Montana in 1982, Airman First Class Rudy Victor Redd had been found. On June 14, 2017, the coroner produced a death certificate concluding Victor's cause and manner of death were undetermined, but ruled Victor died on or about June 15, 1974.
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Effort underway to identify Marine buried in unmarked graveBy USMC Life | March 3rd, 2017
Help Find Military Veteran Harlem John Doe (warning)
Posted on 11/12/2016 by Harlem World Magazine
Woman Works To Identify Marine Who Died In Harlem Nearly 20 Years Ago
November 11, 2016 7:18 PM
Filed Under: Magdalena Doris, U.S. Marine Corps, Veterans Day
Funding for cold cases, missing persons getting cut
POSTED 12:35 PM, NOVEMBER 3, 2016, BY SARAH STEWART, UPDATED AT 07:44PM, NOVEMBER 3, 2016
OKLAHOMA - Anthropologists in our state said it will be a blow to solving cold cases in our state.
They’ve just learned a federal grant that funds DNA testing for missing persons will no longer be funded.
The grant is through the National Institute of Justice and is called Using DNA Technology To Identify the Missing.
It provides $4.7 million for the entire country and has been in existence since 2004.
Read more on KFOR.com's website
The case of John Doe No. 155 gathered dust on the shelves of the Long Beach Police Department, hidden among the dozens of unsolved mysteries. His death was ruled undetermined.
Last year, Long Beach cold-case detectives scoured the files for cases to reopen and stumbled upon the mystery man dumped at the Lakes apartment complex. They knew he had tattoos but had little else to go on.
Anthony Urena’s mom seeks change in how NYPD handles missing persons
By Sheila Anne Feeney email@example.com January 28, 2016
Judith Lopez, 46, believes the NYPD’s initial refusal to acknowledge her son as a missing person after he disappeared last year is a civil rights issue: Why shouldn’t cops take the disappearance of a healthy adult, without cognitive or physical problems, as seriously as they might a missing child or elderly person?
Police, she complained, “repeatedly told me he was a healthy 23-year-old who didn’t want to come home,” rebuffing her first attempts to lodge a missing person’s report when her son, Anthony Urena, inexplicably vanished.
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She wrote countless letters, pestered senators and congressmen, traveled from her New Hampshire home to Philadelphia to search news archives, scoured faces in crowds, battled with military and state officials for records, and enlisted police and private detectives.
Every roadblock she hit, she said, only strengthened her resolve and pushed her forward.
Finally, on May 31, Pennsylvania State Police were able to identify the remains of Corriveau, found stabbed to death in Chester County, and they are now seeking the public's assistance in solving the cold case.
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