DNA databases have been underutilized as a tool to identify many of the women found killed and dumped along roadways across the nation in the past 25 years, reports the Dayton Daily News. The identifications could also be aided by a proliferation of volunteer Web sites for missing and unidentified persons, such as The Doe Network (www.doenetwork.org/), The Cold Cases Group (www.coldcasesgroup.com) and Web Sleuths (www.websleuths.com/).
“It used to be we had very little interaction among (law enforcement agencies), other than phone calls and investigators getting leads based on height and weight matches,” said Chief Investigator Harry Brown of the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory. There are about 50,000 dead persons in America who are still unidentified and unclaimed by loved ones, said Todd Matthews, spokesman for The Doe Network, a Web site. Matthews said a major obstacle to solving these frustrating cases is that only California requires its local law enforcement agencies to file missing and unidentified persons reports with the FBI’s national database.