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Task force trying to find closure for WWII missing persons case load

Tags: Excerpts from the Windmill

ZWOLLE – A new task force has been formed to clear up the remaining block of WWII missing person cases. Working from the premise that the uncertainty of ‘missing is worse than death,’ the task force will employ a DNA-data bank that has been in place since 2006. There are 510 people still missing from the occupation years 1940 – 1945, mostly soldiers, members of the resistance, and of the public. Occasionally the remains of an unidentified person turn up, leaving the experts with little more to go on than nearby artifacts, which may offer clues. While dental records help, DNA offers more definitive answers. The task force wants next-of-kin of those still missing to donate their DNA profile to help in the final effort at solving these cases.