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Hope for families of missing people through DNA Program

Senior Constable Patrick Tsang and Seargent Mary Koksal preparing to take a swab. Photo Noel Fisher

A team of DNA matching experts is travelling across the region in an attempt to bring closure to some of the coldest missing person cases in the state.

The Missing Persons Registry team was in Bourke last week before heading to Broken Hill and Dubbo, appealing to family members of long-term missing people to come forward and give a DNA sample to cross check against the 330 unidentified bodies and human remains, some of which have lain unclaimed for years.

Manager of the Missing Persons Registry, Detective Chief Inspector Glen Brown, said the Familial DNA Collection Program had seen a strong response from communities right across regional NSW.

“There are 751 outstanding long term missing person cases in NSW and 330 unidentified bodies or human remains, and NSW Police is doing what it can as a service to trace and identify these people,” he said.

“The Registry is trying to find links between missing people and family members through DNA matching.

“We are asking family members of to come forward, provide a DNA sample and then our DNA experts can check it for links.

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