Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $363,485)
This application proposes to target the completion of anthropological exams (that are needed prior to DNA sampling), DNA sample processing, DNA data entry using CODIS 7.0, data entry into NamUs, validations, and staffing. All appropriate samples will be subjected to DNA extraction and DNA testing (mitochondrial DNA, autosomal STRs, and Y-chromosomal STRs where necessary). The ultimate goal is to obtain as much genetic information as possible so these samples can benefit from the national DNA searches conducted using the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The proposed model of concurrent processing of the anthropological examinations and the sample collection process for DNA testing will minimize unnecessary delays. This mode of processing, along with the efficient and effective DNA processing protocols currently in use by the Missing Persons DNA Unit at the MN BCA FSS, will provide these unidentified individuals with the best chance at identification. With the aid of additional resources, the MN BCA FSS plans to generate a fusion of criminal justice professionals to actively pursue the identification of the missing and unidentified in the state of Minnesota.