A pledge by the federal government to finally create a national DNA database for missing people is being cheered by families of victims and investigators this week.
After years of lobbying, Ottawa is spending $8.1 million to create a missing persons index that will match DNA from missing persons and unidentified remains to information in the national DNA Data Bank, which is used in criminal investigations.
In Waterloo Region, there’s 20 historical missing person cases, some dating back to the late 1970s. The Waterloo Regional Police homicide detective who’s trying to solve those cases said the new national databank will be a major help to police.
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