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Police call for relatives of missing people to give DNA samples at Merimbula and Batemans Bay next week

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The NSW Police Force announced the establishment of the Missing Persons Registry and the implementation of new systems and procedures in 2019. Now NSW Police Force are hoping to collect DNA samples from the relatives of missing people on the Far South Coast next week at Merimbula and Batemans Bay to help them investigate unsolved cases. 

Following a comprehensive review of operations, the NSW Police Force announced the establishment of the Missing Persons Registry (MPR) and the implementation of new systems and procedures, which came into effect in July 2019.

The NSW Police Force will establish DNA collection centres at Batemans Bay and Merimbula next week for the relatives of missing people.

NSW Police are  undertaking a review of 769 long-term missing persons cases and have identified a lack of direct or familial DNA profiles for a significant number of historical investigations.

Missing Persons Registry Commander, Detective Inspector Glen Browne, says more than 50 family members of missing people came forward to provide DNA samples to police on the Mid North Coast recently.

He says at the same time DNA samples are collected, interviews will be conducted with family members to capture further information that may assist investigators.

“We know this process can be challenging for family members and our officers are grateful that so many came forward to our collection centres earlier this year,” Det Insp Browne said.

“Our efforts to further missing persons investigations are continuing, and we are once again calling on relatives of any missing person across the country, who reside on or near the South Coast, to consider coming forward and providing a DNA sample.

“Familial DNA samples that are gathered during this program will be uploaded into the Volunteer Limited Purpose Index (VOLMPU), where they will be searched against the Unidentified Bodies Index.

“At the same time, interviews will be conducted with family members to capture further information that may assist investigators with ongoing inquiries.

“The team at the Missing Persons Registry are determined to identify these remains and ensure they are safely returned to loved ones so they may finally be farewelled and put to rest,” Det Insp Browne said.

The police will be at the Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre at Merimbula between 10am and 7pm next Monday the 3rd of May, and at 2 Museum Place Batemans Bay between 10am and 7pm on Wednesday the 5th of May.