Canadian Chiefs Seek Federal DNA Index for Missing-Person Cases


Police chiefs in Canada are urging the federal government to move forward with a national DNA index for missing persons and unidentified human remains, reports the Cape Breton Post. Dale McFee, the past president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said the index would help police and coroners close missing person cases and reassure families that police are using all of the available technologies in those cases.

Canada's DNA Identification Act doesn't allow for the storage of missing person or unidentified human remains DNA samples in the crime scenes index, which is composed of DNA profiles obtained from certain types of unsolved crimes. Police chiefs at a conference of the Canadian association, which wrapped up in Nova Scotia on Wednesday, also passed a resolution calling on member police departments to adopt the recommendations of a far-reaching report on preventing wrongful convictions.

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