St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Family members whose loved ones are missing are being asked to contact the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as part of an effort to learn the identities of dozens of sets of unidentified human remains in Minnesota.
Many of the remains were discovered decades ago when DNA testing was not available.
The remains being tested were found in Minnesota between the 1970's to the 1990's. When attempts at identifying remains are unsuccessful, the remains are kept at the medical examiners office- sometimes for decades.
Forensic testing capabilities that are available now will allow the BCA scientists to derive DNA from old remains and remains which are in poor condition .
The DNA from the remains will now be entered in the FBI's Combined DNA index System where it can compared with DNA samples from family members across Minnesota and across the nation.
The BCA is reaching out to people across Minnesota whose family members may be missing and say they need DNA samples from families of missing persons to compare to the DNA of the remains.
In addition, descriptive information about the missing and unidentified individuals (gender, age, race, circumstances if known), will be entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
The National Institute of Justice reports that 40,000 sets of unidentified remains are held in medical examiners officers across the nation.
If you or someone you know knows someone who may be missing, you are asked to contact the Minnesota Missing & unidentified Persons Clearinghouse at 651-793-1118.
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