Daily Archives: November 10, 2014

Veterans Day has different meaning for families of MIAs

Robert JohnsonCLEVELAND, Ohio — Army Sgt. 1st Class John McCall is an unforgotten soldier who served in what has been called “the forgotten war.”
The native Clevelander, who was taken prisoner by Chinese troops during the Korean War in 1950, is also one of more than 83,000 U.S. service members listed as missing in action (MIA) since the start of World War II. Some 7,877 are MIAs from the Korean War.
Today, Veterans Day, Americans honor past and present service members who answered the call to duty.
But for the families of MIAs like McCall, Veterans Day represents a fog of mystery and uncertainty.

Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska

Potter and ReutherAround 11,500 years ago, a band of hunters buried two human babies in a pit in what is now Alaska. Surrounded by components of ancient weapons, the skeletons are giving archaeologists a unique look at cultural practices at the end of the last Ice Age, when people began to colonize North America.

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.

IMPD, crime lab get $250,000 cold case grant

DNA HelixINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 9, 2014) — Indianapolis Metropolitan police and the Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency will share in a quarter-million dollar federal grant to dive into the backlog of cold case homicides on the city’s books.
Some of those cases go back decades.

The Murder Mystery Solved by DNA From the Back of a Postage Stamp

yara gambirasioWhen, in the autumn of 2012, police went to the home of the widow of a bus driver in a small town in northern Italy, they at long last struck lucky. The widow produced a box of documents that contained her husband’s paper driving licence, to which was affixed a marca da bollo (a postage stamp used for tax purposes). Perhaps – they reasoned – the back of the stamp would contain the dead man’s DNA, if, that is, he had licked the stamp himself before sticking it on to the licence.

New York City Seeks to Put Names to Unidentified Bodies

WTCTraditionally, New York City officials have preferred not to draw attention to the unidentified bodies that pass through city morgues and receive public burials in mass graves on Hart Island, off the coast of the Bronx.
But on Saturday, city officials, for the first time ever, they said, organized a day geared partly to help identify the roughly 1,200 bodies they have received since about 1990 that they have been unable to identify.