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Unidentified Detroit homicide victims to be exhumed for DNA

July 3, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — The remains of unidentified Detroit homicide victims are being exhumed from area cemeteries over the next few months as police and other agencies use new technologies and DNA to try and identify them.

Operation UNITED (Unknown Names Identified Through Exhumation and DNA) will focus on victims dating back to 1959 with no DNA on file.

Detroit police say DNA collected from the remains will be sent to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System where it will be processed. It then will be uploaded into the Combined DNA Index System and the FBI’s National DNA Index System. Those systems will be searched for potential associations.

Families with missing loved ones are urged to submit DNA samples to help identify victims.

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