Category Archives: Missing Persons

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.

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.

Scientists identify remains of 88 Argentine soldiers on Falklands

BUENOS AIRES – Forensic scientists have identified the remains of 88 Argentine soldiers buried in anonymous graves on the Falkland Islands after the country’s 1982 conflict with Britain, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.

WWII soldier to be buried on Veterans Day in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit soldier who was killed fighting Japanese forces in World War II will be laid to rest on Veterans Day in northern Michigan.Army Technician Fourth Grade Pete M. Counter was 24 when he went missing in action, the Detroit Free Press reported .

Chinese map app leads parents, lost children to DNA collection points

BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) — The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and Internet giant Alibaba have jointly upgraded a mobile map application to show the locations of free DNA collection points for lost children and their parents.
More than 3,300 DNA collection points, most of which are in police stations, have been labeled and located on the map named AMAP, enabling parents and lost children to have their DNA information added to a nationwide database.

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

DNA-Prokids, conceived by Dr. Jose Lorente at the University of Grenada, applies a scientific solution to the problem. The idea is simple: reunite families by testing parental DNA against that of children pulled from suspicious circumstances and illegal adoption centers. Lorente partnered in the project with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. Since 2007, DNA-Prokids has reunited more than 700 kids with their parents while preventing more than 200 illegal adoptions.

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.

Specialist international team to perform DNA analysis on Tuam Babies grave in west of Ireland

A SPECIALIST team will be brought in to perform DNA analysis on the remains found in the mass grave at the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam.
The bodies of 796 young children and babies were found in 2012 on the old grounds of the Bon Secours Mother and Baby home in Tuam, Co. Galway.

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.

Ceremony honors fallen service members identified through forensics

POW MIADOVER — They might have just appeared to be names on a list, but each name that was read over the public address system represented closure to the families of fallen U.S. service members from past wars and conflicts.
Each name meant that a soldier had returned home.
Dover Air Force Base hosted a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Retreat Ceremony around the flag pole near the air traffic control terminal on Friday afternoon.

Documenting The Dead On The Arizona Border: Lonely Remains Are Matched To Lost Loved Ones

Blue Helix2On August 8 of this year, a U.S. Border Patrol agent tracking a group of illegal immigrants from Mexico came upon the lonely remains of what was likely a person who’d crossed the border into the U.S. some time ago. The remains were scattered, incomplete and the person they once comprised, was unidentified, unknown.