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VANISHED: Recent TN law could breathe new life into old missing persons cases

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Where is Ricarda Tillman-Locket? The young wife and mother disappeared 11 years ago leaving her family, a community and police searching for the answer to that question.

However, WREG has uncovered details about a tool that is open to both the public and law enforcement that could help solve cases like Locket’s, except we learned it hardly being used.

A new Tennessee law could change that, and possibly lead to closure for families with missing loved ones.

Across the country there are some 85,000 active missing person cases.

Richenda Pritchard’s niece, Richarda Tillman-Lockett, was reported missing Feb. 19, 2007.

“You don’t know what happened to them…you don’t know where they are. You don’t know if they’re alive. You don’t know if they’re dead,” said Lieutenant Cindy Capps of the Memphis Police Department.

Tillman-Lockett reportedly left work but never picked up her young

Read more at: http://wreg.com/2018/02/19/vanished-recent-tn-law-could-breathe-new-life-into-old-missing-persons-cases/

Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons – Lockport Union

 

NEW YORK — For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears.

New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way to finally give family members some answers and maybe some solace.

“People will not rest without answers, at least some answers,” said Dr. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner.

Over the last decade, thousands of DNA samples have been donated to the city’s medical examiner’s office. Most include swabs of saliva from close relatives, but also DNA taken from items used by the missing persons themselves, including toothbrushes, combs, razor blades and, once, even a sanitary napkin.

They’ve led to the identification of about 50 missing people each year, all of whom had been found dead. But for many

Read more at: http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/medical-examiner-taps-dna-science-to-find-missing-persons/article_a6df6aa1-01e2-5e52-ab89-73e12e62b400.html

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For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears.

New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way to finally give family members some answers and maybe some solace.

“People will not rest without answers, at least some answers,” said Dr. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner.

Over the last decade, thousands of DNA samples have been donated to the city’s medical examiner’s office. Most include swabs of saliva from close relatives, but also DNA taken from items used by the missing persons themselves, including toothbrushes, combs, razor blades and, once, even a sanitary napkin.

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Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears.

New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way to finally give family members some answers and maybe some solace.

“People will not rest without answers, at least some answers,” said Dr. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner.

Over the last decade, thousands of DNA samples have been donated to the city’s medical examiner’s office. Most include swabs of saliva from close relatives, but also DNA taken from items used by the missing persons themselves, including toothbrushes, combs, razor blades and, once, even a sanitary napkin.

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Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

NEW YORK (AP) — For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears.

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New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way to finally give family members some answers and maybe some solace.

“People will not rest without answers, at least some answers,” said Dr. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner.

Over the last decade, thousands of DNA samples have been donated to the city’s medical examiner’s office. Most include swabs of saliva from close relatives, but also DNA taken from items used by the missing persons themselves, including toothbrushes, combs, razor blades and, once, even a sanitary napkin.

They’ve led to the identification of about 50 missing people each year, all of whom had been found dead.

Read more at: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2018/02/18/medical-examiner-taps-dna-science-to-find-missing-persons.html

Saturday Is National Missing Persons Day

According to the National Crime Information Center, more than 647,000 missing persons cases were reported in the U.S. in 2016, and while many of these are ultimately resolved with the help of law enforcement and organizations like Texas Center for the Missing and Texas EquuSearch, there are still over 88,000 active cases.

This Saturday, February 3, is officially the 1st National Missing Persons Day. Gatherings will be held all over the country, and the event will be commemorated locally from at Houston City Hall (Legacy Room), 901 Bagby from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Warning against delay in reporting missing persons

ON ITS website, the South African police has a list of 262 missing persons.

Of these, more than 200 are adults, with 48 between the ages 10 and 18 and 10 under the age of 2.

For some families, the festive season was a time of great sadness, as people they had reported missing remained untraced, and new cases were reported.

The Pink Ladies, a registered NGO made up of volunteers who help in the search for missing people, said it had been advised that 24-year-old Nkele Jasintha Lamola of Atteridgeville had last been seen by family on December 14.

She was dressed in a grey skirt with a red and white striped T-shirt.

The NGO said she was going to visit an aunt and then a friend, but did not return.

Koos Willem de Wee, 64, of Eersterus went missing after Christmas. He was dressed in jeans and a brown T-shirt.

Read more at: https://www.iol.co.za/pretoria-news/warning-against-delay-in-reporting-missing-persons-12685847

Search continues for missing Eufaula persons

The Eufaula Police Department continue to search for two missing Eufaula men that disappeared from the area, one just months ago, the other close to two years ago. Information on a missing Eufaula woman, Lisa Wallace, is also continually being sought.

The most recent missing person the EPD is looking for is Benjamin “Benny” Moore, also known to many as “Pig”. Moore was reportedly last seen on Nov. 7 while walking the streets of Eufaula. His sister reported him missing two days later on Nov. 9 after he failed to show up at her house during the first week of the month, as was his normal routine. When he wasn’t at his sister’s home, his normal routine consisted of hanging out at the convenience stores along Highway 431.

No new leads have surfaced in Moore’s disappearance according to Sgt. Donald Brown of the CID Unit of the Eufaula Police Department. “We continue

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Families of missing persons keep searching — for their loved ones as well as for closure

When the snow melts each year in the spring, Alice Guy’s attention turns to news stories about bodies being uncovered by the thaw.

More than a decade ago, Guy’s brother, Walter Smith, went missing. Since then, the Flat Rock resident has made about a dozen trips to central Indiana sites where unidentified bodies have been discovered, each time hoping investigators will tell her they’ve finally found her brother’s remains.

“I’ve had to accept the fact that he isn’t alive, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be found,” Guy said.

Before he disappeared in 2006, the 42-year-old Smith was in the finishing stages of opening a restaurant in Edinburgh. Driving through the small town now is still bittersweet for Guy.