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Legislation passes house to aid police, coroners

4/25/2018, 1:53 p.m.
State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, passed legislation that will ensure that coroners and medical examiners work with police to send ...

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, passed legislation that will ensure that coroners and medical examiners work with police to send DNA samples and other investigative information when unidentified human remains are found to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) in order to identify remains promptly and accurately.

“Making sure that Illinois coroners and law enforcement work together when

unidentified remains are found to send samples and information to NamUs

will make identifying missing persons who are deceased far quicker and more

accurate,” Connor said. “Collecting DNA samples and investigation

information from unidentified human remains and sending it to this national

clearinghouse will help bring closure to people seeking missing persons.”

Connor’s House Bill 4348 requires coroners and law enforcement to

coordinate to attempt to identify human remains by sending packets of DNA

samples, photos, X-rays and other information to NamUS for advanced DNA

profiling at a laboratory at the University of North Texas. The North Texas

lab performs mitochondrial DNA testing using equipment not currently at the

Illinois State Police lab.

“Currently, not every coroner or police department in Illinois submits DNA

samples and report packets on unidentified bodies to NamUS, even though

it's federally funded and free to local law enforcement,” Connor said. “With

greater participation, we can make this national network more comprehensive

and help to bring closure to families who have lost loved ones.”

For more information on this legislation, contact Connor’s

constituent service office at 815-372-0085 or RepConnor@gmail.com