Category Archives: Missing Persons

Inside the New Mission to Identify Pearl Harbor’s Fallen, 74 Years Later

73 years after _Pearl_Harbor_Identification_hb_151207_12x5_1600Seventy-four years ago today, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, taking the lives of more than 2,400 U.S. service members and plunging the United States into World War II.

A macabre task to identify the shipwrecked

The shy children from a dog-eared photograph found in the pocket of a migrant drowned off Italy may never know what happened to the man who might have been their father. Putting names to those who die while crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is a huge challenge for forensic scientists, with clues sometimes limited to no more than a scar or a solitary tatoo.

Military identifies remains of 7 Pearl Harbor ‘unknowns’

worldwartwo2pearlharborHONOLULU (AP) – The remains of seven crew members missing since the USS Oklahoma capsized in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor have been identified, the military said Monday.

Italy’s painstaking bid to identify shipwrecked migrants

helix10Melilli (Italy) (AFP) – The shy children from a dog-eared photograph found in the pocket of a migrant drowned off Italy may never know what happened to the man who might have been their father.
Putting names to those who die while crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is a huge challenge for forensic scientists, with clues sometimes limited to no more than a scar or a solitary tatoo.

National database to open for bringing abducted children home

Blue Helix4BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — A database to help abducted children find their birth parents will go live on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs Thursday. The database, qgdgxq.mca.gov.cn, will provide information on missing children, and those that have been rescued by the police, the ministry said in a statement.

Argentinian Grandmothers Are Using DNA to Track Down Stolen Children

de CarlottoIt’s been over 30 years since Argentina emerged from a military dictatorship that devolved into a “Dirty War.” But even now, reports UPI’s Andrew V. Pestano, Argentinian women whose babies were abducted under the military junta are looking for their children. And they have added a powerful tool to their quest to find the missing: DNA.

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina, 30 Victims Remain Unidentified

KatrinaTen years after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on Louisiana and Mississippi, 30 victims remain unidentified, WWL-TV reported on Wednesday. Autopsy reports obtained from the news station showed numerous locations across New Orleans where men and women were found with little to no personal belongings or distinguishing marks, making identification difficult, and funding allocated for DNA testing has dried up.

5 missing identified through DNA test

Earthquake KatmanduKATHMANDU, AUG 06 – Nepal Police has confirmed the death of five foreigners reported missing in the Great Earthquake based on DNA verification.
The Central Police Forensic Science Laboratory (CPFSL) had conducted DNA profiling of the severed body parts recovered from various parts of the country and cross-matched the details with the DNA reports of the missing foreigners sent by Interpol.

Remains of 8,000 war martyrs need DNA tests

Vietnam war martyrsHA NOI (VNS) — Over 8,000 cases of unidentified war martyrs have been referred to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs for DNA testing to establish a link to their alleged families.

The “Baby Doe” Investigation Showcases Forensic Science at Its Purest

Baby and DNAThe story of “Baby Doe”–the little girl whose body was found along a Boston shoreline in June–has captured the nation’s attention. So far, we know virtually nothing about what happened. We don’t know who she was, what happened to her, or who was responsible.

Korean Red Cross stepping up DNA testing for possible family reunions

blue helixSEOUL, South Korea — Amid a backlog of requests from aging war survivors, the Korean Red Cross is dramatically expanding its collection of genetic material from South Koreans separated from their families during the Korean War.

DNA helps reunite hundreds of missing children with their families

Missing childrenMissing and stolen children can be difficult to identify—many have forgotten their families and even their own identity. Geneticist Jose Lorente is hoping to change that with a worldwide DNA testing program that has already matched 800 children with their families. The Science Show reports.

Bosnia Discovers Two Wartime Mass Graves

DNA in criminal investifationsThe remains will be transferred to the Commemorative Centre in Tuzla for DNA analysis and identification. Cengic added that remains of six other war victims were found in the same area last year.

Dammam Mosque Heroes: DNA Sampling Taken up to Identify Remains of Youths who Saved Lives

old DNAThe Saudi government has finally taken the help of forensic experts to identify the remains of two youths who averted a major terror attack by Isis at a Shia mosque in Dammam last Friday

Madison-based scientists aim to bring home MIAs the military missed

Josh HymanA group of Madison-based scientists is forming a team to find the remains of long-lost World War II veterans and bring them home for proper burial.
If private fundraising goals are met, the Missing In Action Recovery and Identification Project would meld the skills of UW-Madison scholars of history, genetic analysis and archeology.