Daily Archives: December 12, 2017

Immigrants hope DNA will guide them to lost loved ones

WASHINGTON — The relatives carried photographs, identification cards, anything that might help find the missing. Inside a red-brick church in the nation’s capital, in a small room near a sparkling Christmas tree, they opened their mouths so workers could scrape a sample of their DNA.
Three brothers, in black jackets and matching jeans, sought the fate of a sister who vanished in the Arizona desert two years ago. Housecleaner Olga Gonzalez, of Maryland, was searching for her daughter, Mirna, 31 years old when she disappeared in 2013.

Governor Cuomo Signs Otis/Savino Missing Persons Bill

NEW YORK, NY — Legislation to require that reports of missing children and adults filed in New York be transmitted to the National Missing and Unidentified Remains System (NamUs) was signed into law by the Governor on November 29. The legislation, A8286B/S6739, was sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Otis (91st AD, Westchester County) and Senator Diane Savino (23rd SD, Staten Island).
The bill will promote more comprehensive sharing of missing persons data to aid law enforcement in the resolution of such cases and help families dealing with the heartbreak of a missing loved one.