Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More on IDs for skeletal remains

An interesting opportunity has come to my attention. In addition to an extensive database of missing persons and “ties” to other related databases, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has an extensive database for DNA profiling. In addition to their own database they also have ties to the criminal justice DNA profile bank.

We plan on submitting DNA from our former skeletal remains case (the adult male found on a local golf course) for their help in profiling and comparison. DNA from our more recent skeletal remains case is being submitted to the Illinois State Crime Lab for similar profiling and comparison, but I would consider submitting it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well.

I really appreciate that someone with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saw one of the recent articles about our “Jane Doe” and dropped me a note about their services. They are so much more than what I thought they were, that is a clearinghouse regarding missing children (you know the people that came up with the great new use for the milk carton). I look forward to working with them on these cases and, rather unfortunately because they will happen, on cases in the future.

Not that I advertise for folks, but the availability of these and their other services sure make the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children seem like they are deserving of support, if you are looking for a national organization to support.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are, however, caveats to the use of forensic DNA databases. A recent article on this is at:

http://www.gene-watch.org/genewatch/articles/19-1TSHW.html Note that the article's conclusion states "DNA profiling can be a useful and important tool in criminal investigations," even tho' they have issues with the rapid expansion of such databases.

The Council for Responsible Genetics follows this issue carefully.