Missing persons DNA database launched

Dutch police launched a national database on Thursday to store physical and DNA information on people who are listed as missing. The DNA profiles will be collected from close relatives of the missing person. The information will be used when unidentified bodies are found. Old missing-persons cases will also be included in the database. Currently, 1,200 people are listed as missing in the Netherlands, 700 of whom have been missing for longer than three weeks. A person's details can be added to the database after they have been missing for 21 days.

Expatica's Dutch news in English: Dutch news in brief – 6 April 2006

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