Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $166,365)
The objective of the program is to collect DNA samples from unidentified decedents that are currently buried. The project design provides access to DNA samples through disinterment. Once the remains are accessible, complete anthropologic and dental examinations are conducted, DNA samples amenable to analysis are collected, and the complete decedent description is entered into NamUs. Harris County has approximately 425 cases dating back to 1957.
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