DNA Collection Day to be held for families of missing persons

DNA Collection Day to be held Saturday for families of missing persons


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville and Knox County law enforcement is hosting a DNA Collection Day Saturday for locals who have a missing loved one.

The goal of the event is to collect medical information of missing persons to help families strengthen the search for their loved ones.

The collection will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Knoxville Police Department Precinct in the conference room inside Knoxville Center Mall.

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) representatives will be on hand to collect a DNA sample.

A missing persons report does not have to be filed, and participants do not have to live in Knoxville.

Anyone who is considering attending is encouraged to bring as many biological family members as possible, as well as objects once owned by the victim that could contain traces of DNA like hairbrushes, toothbrushes, or baby teeth.

If possible, families are encouraged to bring photos, x-rays, medical records, and dental history of the victim.

The service is completely free of charge.

Organizers of the event say just connecting a DNA sample to any of the estimated over 40,000 unidentified remains in the United States could provide a family with relief by producing a missing piece of their puzzle.

If you plan to attend the DNA collection event, please contact Amy Dobbs with the Knox County Sheriff's Office at (865) 215-3705.

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