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Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears. New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way to finally give family members some answers and maybe some solace. “People will not rest without answers, at least some answers,” said Dr. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner. Over the last decade, thousands of DNA samples have…

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Tourists discover 20 skeletons dating back 3,000 years during stroll on beach

The mysterious discovery occurred on Colombo Beach in Chubut Province in southern Argentina when Adrian Garcia and his brother Ricardo were riding a quad bike along a restricted area of the coast. The pair found the human remains scattered in the sand and some were placed inside bags. The baffled tourists took photos and informed the authorities. Hours later, the Chubut police chief explained on social media that the skeletons dated back to before the birth of Christ and were being studied by anthropologists from the National Centre of Patagonia…

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Relatives of killed Falklands War soldiers to return to islands as bodies are identified

Plaques with the name and surname of each registered soldier will be put on the previously anonymous graves, according to the Secretariat of Human Rights, almost 36 years after the conflict. The Secretariat in Argentina will work together with the Commission of Relatives of the Dead in the Malvinas and South Atlantic Islands, and the Foreign Ministry, to coordinate the last part of the process. In December, forensic scientists identified the remains of the 88 Argentine soldiers who had previously been unidentified. Scientists analysed 122 sets of human remains in…

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71 dead after Russian passenger plane crashes near Moscow, officials say

LONDON — A Russian passenger plane crashed shortly after leaving a Moscow airport Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, Russia’s Transport Ministry said. There were 65 passengers and six crew members aboard the short-haul flight. “Judging by everything, no one has survived this crash,” Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Sunday afternoon. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Reuters earlier Sunday that two bodies had been found at the site of the plane crash. NBC News was unable to immediately verify the report. Investigators told Reuters that debris and human…

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6 Bodies Found in Planters Connected to Alleged Serial Killer Bruce McArthur

Toronto police say they’ve recovered the remains of at least 6 people from a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur More (TORONTO) — Toronto police said Thursday they’ve recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Lead investigator Det. St. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property McArthur used as storage in exchange for doing the landscaping, included some from one of the five men McArthur is already charged with killing, Andrew Kinsman. McArthur was…

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Caves of death: Caverns littered with corpses & childrens’ heads found in remote Scotland

PAULJAMIESON•YouTube•UNIVERSITYofBRADFORD Scientists have discovered a complex of mortuary caves in remote Scotland The grisly shrines to the dead were uncovered at the remote site near Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth in north-eastern Scotland. Human sacrifices are said to have taken place at the caves, which are so cut-off they can only be accessed from land at low tide or by climbing down a sheer cliff face. New evidence also suggests the caverns, which have stone carvings of leaping salmon, broken spears and other symbols of the Celtic Pict tribe, may…

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Volunteer arrested after giving food, water to undocumented immigrants in Arizona

William Walker, Warren’s lawyer, said he has worked with No More Deaths for many years and there had always been an understanding between the group and law enforcement. “We have always had an understanding here with both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Border Patrol and also the wilderness area managers that we are a neutral party,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “We don’t smuggle people, we don’t violate the law — what we do is we help to save lives and they’ve recognized that for years.”  A Border Patrol agent…

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Scavengers ‘dumped British sailors in mass grave after ransacking sunken WWII ships’

The final resting place of the men – along with that of fellow Dutch veterans – was apparently disturbed by crooks seeking to cash in on valuable metals on board the sunken ships, in the Java sea off the coast of Indonesia. And the news has prompted the Ministry of Defence to issue an angry condemnation of those responsible. In the last few years, scavengers have stripped huge wartime wrecks of metal, including the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Electra, on which 119 men perished, HMS Exeter, a 175-metre heavy cruiser…

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Explorers in Mexico Discover World's Largest Underwater Cave and It's Filled With Ancient Mayan Treasures

Divers in Mexico have discovered the largest known underwater, flooded cave in the world. The discovery could reveal more about the pre-Hispanic, ancient community that existed in the region. The Yucatan peninsula, where the cave is located, still holds treasures from the ancient Mayan community. The cave is made of two massive underwater caverns that are connected. The cave stretches across 216 miles, according to the Gran Acuífero Maya (GAM), the team of explorers who discovered the cave.  The cave was discovered near the beach resort of Tulum, reported Reuters. The two caves, Sac Actun and…

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