Medical Examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is collecting DNA samples from the families of missing people nationwide in an attempt to match unidentifed human remains.

The OCME has been a leader in the science of identifying DNA since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when hundreds of those killed were identified via DNA technology, reports Verena Dobnik for the Associated Press. Since the attacks, the OCME has also identified the remains of about 50 missing people a year.

The assistance is available to people whose family member has been missing for at least 60 days.

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