DNA Testing of Unidentified Remains
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is coordinating with medical examiners' and coroners' offices, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Center for Missing Adults and law enforcement agencies to identify, collect and perform DNA analysis on unidentified remains and reference samples.
For more information, contact the Center for Human Identification at 1-800-763-3147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNA Reference Kits
The University of North Texas Health Science Center, with funding from the National Institute of Justice, developed a standardized collection kit to provide a safe, effective, and noninvasive means for obtaining DNA samples from family members of missing persons. These kits include all paperwork needed to submit DNA samples to the UNT Center for Human Identification for analyses and upload of profiles to the National DNA Index System.
Agencies wishing to submit samples from unidentified remains to the UNT Center for Human Identification should utilize their own packaging and shipping protocols, and include the “Unidentified Human Remains Sample Paperwork” which can be downloaded from http://www.untfsu.com/DNAInstructions.
For more information, or for a case consultation, please contact the UNT Center for Human Identification at 1-800-763-3147 or MissingPersons@unthsc.edu.
The DNA Initiative - Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology
DNA technology is increasingly vital to ensuring accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system. DNA can be used to identify criminals with incredible accuracy when biological evidence exists, and DNA can be used to clear suspects, exonerate persons mistakenly accused or convicted of crimes, and solve missing and unidentified persons cases.
To increase the use of DNA technology in the criminal justice system, a five-year initiative worth more than $1 billion was launched on March 11, 2003, to improve the use of DNA in the criminal justice system. The initiative calls for increased funding, training and assistance - to Federal, State, and local forensic labs; to police; to medical professionals; to victim service providers; and to prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges - to ensure that this technology reaches its full potential to solve crimes, protect the innocent and identify missing persons. This initiative - Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology - has the following goals:
- Eliminate the current backlog of unanalyzed DNA samples and biological evidence for the most serious violent offenses - rapes, murders and kidnappings - and for convicted offender samples that need testing.
- Improve crime laboratories' capacities to analyze DNA samples in a timely fashion.
- Stimulate research and develop new DNA technologies and advances in all areas of the forensic sciences.
- Develop training and provide assistance to a wide variety of criminal justice professionals about the collection and use of DNA evidence.
- Provide access to appropriate post-conviction DNA testing of crime scene evidence not tested at the time of trial.
- Protect the innocent.
Another important goal of the DNA Initiative is to help ensure that DNA forensic technology is used to its full potential to solve cases involving missing and unidentified persons by providing: