DETROIT, MI – Yesterday, the Detroit Police Department and its partners in law enforcement launched Operation UNITED (Unknown Names Identified Through Exhumation and DNA), aimed at utilizing new technologies to identify unknown victims.
With the advancement of technology and DNA,this Operation will focus on victims of Homicide dating back to 1959 that currently do not have DNA on file.
Over the next few months, Detroit Police and its partners will exhume unidentified homicide remains for the collection of DNA in efforts to identify the victims. The collection of the DNA will be sent to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) and processed at their Human Identification Lab. Once in the lab, it will be uploaded into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), as well as the FBI’s National DNA Index System (NDIS) to be searched against all appropriate indexes for potential associations.
Detroit Police is asking families of missing loved ones to come forward and submit DNA to help identify the victims.
Special acknowledgement to Detroit Police Department partners who are assisting in this Operation: Wayne County Prosecutors Officer, Detroit Building Authority/Department of Public Works, the FBI, Michigan State Police, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System,University of North Texas Center for Human Identification and Crime Stoppers of Michigan.