Category Archives: Missing Persons

Identifying The Dead In Ukraine’s Simmering War

Ukraine War VictimsDNIPROPETROVSK – Last week, in this central Ukrainian city, a public farewell was bid to 21 soldiers, even if their names were never determined. The coffins, draped with Ukrainian flags, were brought to the the square between the Opera and Ballet Theaters on Karl Marx Avenue in Dnipropetrovsk, the country’s fourth-largest city.

DNA analysis gives 11 bodies a name and family history in WWI reburial

Commonwealth War Graves CommissionBOIS-GRENIER, France (AP) — Eleven British casualties of World War I who got a name and family history through cutting-edge DNA research have been officially reburied with some of their descendants in attendance.

US lab takes over missing identification process

Missing PersonBode Technology, a specialized forensic and DNA analysis laboratory in the US has undertaken the identification process for Cypriot missing persons for the next two years.
Bode is already carrying on DNA analysis for 240 cases that were sent to them in mid September and the effort is for the first results to come out next month.

Bodies exhumed from mass grave in Mexico

Mass grave in MexicoAt least 28 bodies have been pulled from a mass grave in southern Mexico as authorities check if they were among a group of 43 students missing since a police shooting last week.

South Korea builds DNA database to find relatives in North after unification

Hong Nam SoonHong Nam-soon, 84, holds a photo showing her younger sister, who went missing during the early days of the Korean War. Hong hopes a new genetic testing program for South Koreans separated from family members in the North during the Korean War will help her find her sister. Officials say DNA material collected from some 1,200 elderly South Koreans this year may help their descendants — and the descendants of their North Korean relatives — someday find each other.

Thousands still missing since Bosnian War

bosnia1Although the war ended almost 20 years ago in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are still more than 8 000 missing persons. Since the end of the war, 22 000 persons have been exhumed and identified to this date.

US Advances in Identifying Korean War Vets’ Remains

Joint POW MIA Command membersWASHINGTON— The process of identifying American remains from the Korean War has picked up speed. Out of the 208 boxes of U.S. remains that Pyongyang handed over to Washington in the early 1990s, a total of 49 were identified in the last three years.

Behind the High Tech Forensics of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

MH17 VictimsDutch officials expect precise accuracy from DNA-matching software that will be used to identify many of the 298 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims. But it is unknown whether there will be enough genetic evidence from the remains and relatives of the missing to ID everyone.
As of Friday, 171 people who died after the July 17 crash had not been recovered.

Korean War Soldier’s Remains To Return Home

war-vetPITTSBURGH (KDKA) – His family had given up hope, but thanks to DNA technology, the remains of a serviceman who died 63 years ago in the Korean War will finally be coming home.
It will happen Tuesday at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Lax security, slipshod collection spark fear of evidence contamination at Ukraine crash site

commuter busHRABOVE, Ukraine – When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.

DNA testing helps identify 20 missing Uttarakhand flood victims

uttarakhand-floodsThe relatives of around 5,000 people, who were reported missing and feared dead in the floods and landslides in Uttarakhand in June 2013, have been asked to send their blood samples to undertake DNA testing for identification of bodies.
The Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) has already undertaken DNA profiling of mortal remains of around 550 victims that were sent by the Uttarakhand government and completed the profiling in 400 cases, CDFD Director, J. Gowrishankar told reporters here on Monday.

70 years after, WWII U.S soldier identified by DNA

PFC Lawrence GordonTHE family of Private First Class (PFC), Lawrence S. Gordon has announced that their relative has been officially accounted for with the United States Government and Department of Defense almost 70 years after his death during the World War Two (WWII).
The news came after three independent laboratories were able to get positive DNA results from multiple bone and tooth samples.

Defense Department recovers remains from 1952 Alaska crash

Korean War MemorialThe Department of Defense announced today 17 service members have been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster aircraft that was lost on Nov. 22, 1952.

Saginaw veteran hopes DNA holds key to World War 2 mystery

Jim CetroneSAGINAW, MI — Saginaw resident Tony Cetrone’s brother went missing in action on an island battlefield in World War II.
He never expected to get a telephone call 70 years later asking if he was the brother of Private Peter Cetrone.

Out of the Shadows: A Tool for the Identification of the Victims of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking VictimsThe landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act made trafficking in persons a federal crime in 2000, but the greatest obstacle to rescuing victims of human trafficking is identifying them. To make identifying these people easier—and subsequently, getting them the services and support they need while also generating evidence against their traffickers—Vera created a screening tool to be used by victim service providers and law enforcement when faced with someone who may be a victim of human trafficking.