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Forsaken: The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry - Vol 3

Forsaken: The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry - Vol 3

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VOLUME III – Gone, but not Forgotten: Building the Women’s Legacy of Safety Together
VOLUME III – Gone, but not Forgotten: Building the Women’s Legacy of Safety Together

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The provincial standards should include guidance for the collection, storage
and analysis of forensic evidence.

Dental records, while critical for identifying found human remains, are not
recorded in a standardized way beyond the standard CPIC form. There is
also no means of obtaining victim DNA and collecting it into a national
databank: DNA cannot be submitted for analysis to a crime lab unless
it is connected to a crime and there is no national missing person DNA
database.28

However, the RCMP informed the Commission that the BC
Coroner’s Service maintains a DNA databank for unidentifed human
remains and they have their Forensic Services and Identifcation Services
that process DNA for criminal investigations.

The Government of Canada’s policy submission also addressed their
treatment of DNA samples for missing persons. The policy outlines how
DNA samples for missing person investigations must be collected, stored,
tracked and submitted. DNA samples must be retained indefnitely or until
the missing person is located or the investigation is otherwise concluded.
The policy provides that DNA samples from biological family members
should also be collected and consent forms completed.29

The U.S. Model
Missing Persons Statute sets out time standards for the collection of DNA.30
These protocols could serve the basis for consultation leading to the
development of a fulsome provincial standard to collect, store and compare
dental records and DNA of missing persons.

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