Category Archives: Missing Persons

Humanitarian crisis at border calls for an unusual tool: DNA testing

blue helix2The remains of yet another migrant were reported recently in Brooks County, Texas, a county bordering Mexico. That was the 17th dead body found in that county in the first two months of 2015. Sadly, that’s not really news. Hundreds of undocumented migrants are found dead along the southern U.S. border each year, and many are buried without identification. What is surprising is that most are from Central America – not Mexico.

Mexico Seeks Second DNA Test to Identify Missing Students

helix2Mexico asked Innsbruck Medical University scientists to retest human remains recovered in the country’s south after a first round of DNA analysis failed to determine whether they belonged to more than 40 students missing since September.

Private Groups Seek to Take Over MIA Search Duty From Pentagon

MIAAs the Pentagon seeks to recover 27,000 missing American war dead, it may turn away from Hawaii — where much of that government effort has been centered — and to private organizations to outsource some research, recovery and identifications.

Bosnia leads global search for missing with expertise on bones

Bosnia 1TUZLA, Bosnia – Bosnia was still digging up the bones of its own when those of others began arriving in boxes from the tsunami-struck shores of Southeast Asia a decade ago.

Finding and unearthing Spain’s mass graves

Skeletal evidenceACROSS Spain, volunteer teams of archaeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists head out every year on expeditions to dig for suspected mass graves — a legacy of Spain’s fascist past.

Bosnia-based missing persons commission will become a permanent global body

Bosnia Missing Persons-1SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – A Bosnia-based commission that has pioneered a DNA-based system to find and identify the remains of people missing in conflicts and natural disasters will become a permanent global body helping track down millions of missing around the world.

Families of MH370 victims told to prepare for DNA sampling

MH17 airlinerSyafinaz Hasnan, the sister of flight attendant Mohd Hazrin Hasnan, who was among the 12 crew members on board the ill-fated flight that went missing on March 8, said this was announced during the two-hour briefing session held at the MAS Academy in Kelana Jaya last night. “They said we now need to provide our DNA samples to the authorities for safekeeping and in case they found the wreckage or remains.

Austrian forensic experts may shed light on Mexico massacre

Television cameramen walk at a garbage dump where remains were found outside the mountain town of Cocula, near Iguala in the southwestern state of GuerreroReuters) – Austrian forensics experts who helped solve the mystery of Russia’s murdered imperial family could soon shed light on the apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students through analysis of the tiniest of DNA fragments from badly burned remains.

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.