Category Archives: Missing Persons

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.

New UW program could help reunite families with remains of MIA military members

Cpl. Robert ZieglerUPDATE (WKOW) — About 1,400 families in Wisconsin are among the tens of thousand across the country who never got closure after losing a loved one in World War II.

US To Exhume Unknown Pearl Harbor Dead For DNA Identification

pearl-harbor-heroesThe U.S. military has revealed that it intends to exhume the remains of unknown Pearl Harbor heroes for DNA identification.
Officials announced on Tuesday plans to identify the remains of nearly 388 marines and sailors who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941. These unidentified individuals from the USS Oklahoma were buried as unknowns after the World War II.

Bode Technology Supports Identification of Missing Persons in Cyprus Using DNA

Missing persons in CyprusBURLINGTON, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp®) (LH: NYSE) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Bode Cellmark Forensics (Bode Cellmark), a member of the LabCorp Specialty Testing Group, is cooperating with the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus in its mission of exhumation, identification, and return of remains of missing persons in Cyprus. The CMP in Cyprus is a bi-communal body established in 1981 by agreement between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities under the auspices of the United Nations, to determine the fate of persons reported missing due to inter-communal conflict. To date, the CMP has identified more than 570 individuals. Bode Cellmark began issuing DNA kinship match reports to the CMP in November 2014.

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.