Category Archives: Mass Disaster

ICMP decides to move the DNA laboratory from Sarajevo to The Hague

As political issues took the leading place in the news, another problem which makes life in BiH more complicated for citizens who are still trying to find the remains of their relatives, who they lost during the war in BiH, remained in the dark. The International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) was assigned to do the job but, recently, they moved the DNA laboratory from Sarajevo to The Hague, despite the disagreement of local institutions.

Military IDs 100 killed on USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU (AP) — The military has identified 100 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago, officials said Friday.
The milestone comes two years after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dug up nearly 400 sets of remains from a Hawaii cemetery.

New DNA swab to combat sexual violence in war zones

Scientists have created a self-testing DNA swab that could make it much easier to prosecute the perpetrators of sexual violence in poor and war-torn countries where victims typically have poor access to forensic tools.
The new swab will allow victims to recover genetic evidence following a sexual assault, without the need for access to proper medical care or forensic examinations. This will enable victims to test themselves for the first time.

PNP SOCO collects DNA samples from people with missing kin in Marawi

MARAWI CITY – Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said the police’s Scene of Crime Office (SOCO) has started collecting samples from individuals who have reported about missing relatives.
Dela Rosa said the DNA sampling activity would help the police identify cadavers, which had been been retrieved and remained unidentified, and those that would be retrieved in the coming days.
The military has estimated 400 bodies strewn in various parts of the city. Some of them were civilians while most belonged to Maute gunmen and their allies.

Genetic bank that ID’s Argentina’s stolen babies turns 30

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Martin Ogando and his 91-year-old grandmother, Delia Giovanola, flip through a stack of photos until they reach an image of a man Ogando never saw in life: his father.
The two share similar skin tone and blue eyes — products of the same genetics that finally allowed Ogando to discover his birth identity through DNA tests in November 2015.
The tests showed that he’s the biological son of Jorge Ogando and Stella Maris Montesano, a child born in captivity in a clandestine detention center and taken away from parents who were forcibly disappeared in 1976 during Argentina’s dictatorship.

DNA data from missing in 2011 tsunami will enter database

To lower the number still missing from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the National Police Agency will begin utilizing a nationwide database on unidentified bodies as early as July.
The NPA will compare data on missing people in the three prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, which were hit hard by the powerful tsunami, with its database.

London fire may have destroyed DNA needed to ID victims

The devastating fire that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims.
As firefighters keep searching the charred ruins of the Grenfell Tower public housing complex with sniffer dogs and drones, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said there was “a risk that, sadly, we may not be able to identify everybody.”

Falklands War: Experts bid to identify Argentine dead

Work will start later this month on identifying the bodies of unknown Argentine soldiers in the Falklands.
The International Committee of the Red Cross will take DNA samples from 123 graves in Darwin cemetery, which will be compared with those of relatives.

After 75 years, Utahn killed in Pearl Harbor comes home

The remains of U.S. Navy Musician 1st Class Elliott Deen Larsen, of Monroe, continue their journey home after arriving from Hawaii at the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Larsen died in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, but it wasn’t until recently that his remains were identified through DNA testing.

He died in the Pearl Harbor attack. He’ll be buried Saturday in his MN hometown

An Emmons, Minn., sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor is finally on his way home.
Navy Fireman 3rd Class Glaydon I.C. Iverson, 24, died on Dec. 7, 1941, aboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor. His remains had been unidentified and buried in a plot at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for more than 74 years.

DNA breakthrough for unknown soldiers

The chances of identifying some of the 35,000 Australian soldiers who lie unknown in foreign fields are a step closer with a dramatic DNA breakthrough by Sydney scientists.
The Australian Army’s Unrecovered War Casualties unit and NSW Health Pathology’s Forensic Science Service have been working with more that 300 sets of remains thought to be Australian servicemen for the past few months.

Forensic Teams In Greece Struggle To Identify Drowned Migrants

Penelope Miniati, head of the forensics science division works at the forensics science division of Hellenic Police in AthensATHENS — The Greek police’s criminal investigation department’s workload has surged since last October, as its forensics team scrambles to identify some of the hundreds of victims who have drowned making the short but dangerous journey from the shores of Turkey to outlying Greek islands.
The director of Greece’s forensic division, Penelope Miniati, told Reuters there are 85 DNA samples still to be processed and identified since October compared to normally dealing with just a “handful” every month.

Hopes for DNA extraction from treated bones

Committee-missing-personsThere is hope that remains of missing persons from the events of 1974 – that were treated with chemicals and were buried at the military cemetery in Lakatamia – will now be able to be identified.
The Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Fotis Fotiou, informed members of the press that samples of the skeletal remains had been sent to the US Department of Defence’s laboratory, which requested the type of chemical used in order to try and isolate DNA samples.

Decades later, two area servicemen laid to rest thanks to DNA advances

USS OklahomaBack then, the Navy identified fewer than three dozen killed on the Oklahoma. Two years later, salvage workers righted the crippled hulk and gathered skeletal remains from its hold. Bones from 388 still-missing crewmen were compiled in 61 caskets and, in 1950, buried together in the Punchbowl, the national military cemetery in Honolulu.

EgyptAir victims’ relatives give samples for DNA tests

CAIRO – Egyptian forensics officials collected DNA on Tuesday from relatives of EgyptAir MS804 victims to help identify body parts retrieved from the Mediterranean, where the crash killed 66 people, the airline said.
Investigators are still searching for Airbus A320’s two black boxes on the seabed as they seek answers as to why the aircraft came down early on Thursday.