Update on Bones found in State Park on January 3, 2016
April 13, 2016
Detectives have searched NamUS (National Missing and Unidentified Person System) data bases for missing persons in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. So far, 6 people were located who fit our description: Male, between 20-35, 5”7” to 6’1” and missing between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
Ohio BCI tested a bone for DNA and were able to extract a partial DNA profile. This profile has been loaded into the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Data base. At this point, there have been no hits, but I stress this is a partial profile only.
Other bones were sent to the University of North Texas. Their work will take approximately 6 months. They have been in possession of the bones for about 2 months. Once we receive their results, we will release what information they are able to provide.
Detectives have contacted multiple agencies about the six people in an attempt to learn as much as we can about each missing person. It is important to understand, even if we get DNA, if the DNA is not in a database, it will be difficult, if not impossible to identify the deceased. Without an identity, this case will be nearly impossible to solve. It is critical in missing person cases that DNA be uploaded into the NamUS database. If DNA is not available from the missing person, then it is imperative that DNA is received from the mother of the missing person to attempt identification.