Category Archives: Missing Persons

DNA, digital X-rays used to ID remains found at Dozier School for Boys

Dozier School FLTAMPA, Fla. — A researcher from the University of South Florida said Tuesday that a team of forensic experts is using DNA, skeletal analysis and digital X-rays to identify the remains from a former reform school on the Panhandle.

Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave

bosnia1So far, 430 victims have been found in the Tomasica grave, a vast pit 10 meters (about 30 feet) deep and covering 5,000 square meters (54,000 square feet). The mass grave contains victims of Bosnian Serb military units who killed Muslim Bosniaks and Roman Catholic Croats in hopes of creating an ethnically pure region.

Bode Technology Uses DNA To Help Identify Missing World War II Soldier

POW MIAThe Bode Technology Group, Inc.(Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA services and products, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin (UW), announced the successful DNA testing of 70-year old bone fragments from a missing World War II soldier.

Bosnia finds wartime mass grave

ICMPSARAJEVO, March 27 (Reuters) – Forensic experts have found a mass grave in Bosnia believed to contain the remains of up to 147 Bosnian Muslims killed by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-95 war, an official said on Thursday.
The victims are believed to be Muslim civilians killed in 1992 in the northwestern town of Kozarac, said Lejla Cengic, a spokeswoman for the Institute for Missing Persons.

UNH forensic scientist targets worldwide sex trafficking through DNA

DNA Helix StructureNEW HAVEN >> Victims of human trafficking are often stripped of their passports, identification, and ultimately, their identities.
DNA is the one thing that remains with a victim, and for that reason and others, it can be a powerful tool in combatting human trafficking, according to forensic scientist Timothy Palmbach.

Soldiers killed during WW1 named via DNA from relatives

UK- WWITen soldiers who died in World War One and whose bodies were found in France five years ago have been named after DNA analysis of samples from relatives.

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

DNA-analysis-identifies-human-remains-in-the-Battle-of-OkinawaThe Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has carried out DNA analysis on the human remains that were found in Maeda district of Urasoe last July. The ministry identified the remains and found the bereaved family on March 12. The human remains belong to a Japanese Imperial Army soldier in the Battle of Okinawa.

Can Pentagon’s effort to ID the missing be fixed?

PentagonLast week, we wrote about the Pentagon’s floundering efforts to find and identify the 83,000 service members missing from past conflicts – of which the military ID’d just 60 last year. As our story laid out, the mission has been hampered by outdated scientific methods, a lack of public outreach and cumbersome bureaucracy.
Lawmakers and Pentagon leadership have zeroed on the overlapping agencies and lack of clear chain of command in the mission. Last month, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered a review of how the military manages the effort.
But streamlining the structure won’t be enough, many outside experts say. Here are four ideas to really fix the effort.

DNA Samples Taken from Relatives of Missing Plane’s Indonesian Passengers

GATCIndonesian authorities take DNA samples from family members of Indonesian passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, for identity confirmation procedures.

Bulgarian police recover DNA evidence of one of Burgas bombers

Red HelisHezbollah operative who remotely detonated bomb in suicide bomber’s backpack left hats, towel in hotel room which yield DNA evidence.

Bangladesh says no hope of identifying 100 factory victims

DNA Helix1A Bangladesh expert said Monday he has given up hope of identifying 112 victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, almost a year after one of the world’s worst industrial tragedies.
The garment factory complex on the outskirts of Dhaka collapsed in April last year, trapping thousands of workers who stitched clothes for Western retailers.

Fort Worth scientists work to ID bodies found in Florida

Dozier gravesitesThe bodies were discovered in a graveyard at a reform school in Florida, dark secrets hidden for more than 60 years.

Remains of Airman Missing from Vietnam War Found

Missing in ActionWASHINGTON – The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Dec. 9 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

UW-Madison DNA center may help solve mystery of WWII soldier

Blue and white helixNov. 24–U.S. Army Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon didn’t come home from World War II. And he wasn’t buried in an American cemetery.

Interpol experts bound for Tacloban to identify storm victims

Tacloban CityEight forensic experts from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) will fly to Tacloban City this weekend to help identify fatalities from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the world’s strongest storm to hit land this year.