Othram and DoeNetwork Collaborate to Reunite the Missing and Unidentified Back to Family
New initiative will raise awareness, funding, and other resources to help solve cold cases
The Woodlands, TX — July 29, 2021
Othram, the leading forensic sequencing laboratory for law enforcement, has announced a joint initiative with the DoeNetwork, a global volunteer organization that advocates for cold cases involving missing and unidentified persons. The collaboration aims to raise awareness, funding, and other resources to help solve cold cases.
The DoeNetwork was first created as a website, in 1999, to catalog missing and unidentified persons cases. Over the years, DoeNetwork evolved into a nationwide volunteer organization. DNASolves, a part of Othram, was created in 2019, and combines crowdfunding, volunteered data, and cutting-edge genomics to solve unresolved cases involving unidentified victims and perpetrators of crime.
As part of the ongoing collaboration, DoeNetwork will feature updates for DNASolves unidentified persons cases that need financial support or general help from the crowd. These updates will be featured on the DoeNetwork Updates page. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), 4,400 unidentified bodies are recovered in the United States annually. These cases accumulate over time creating what the National Institute of Justice calls a “silent mass disaster.” These cases won’t be solved with traditional methods alone. DNASolves and DoeNetwork will work together to educate the public on the power of advanced DNA testing and forensic genetic genealogy, and cross-promote cases being solved with this powerful new approach. This will further the common mission at DNASolves and DoeNetwork of helping reconnect the missing and unidentified to family.
“The DoeNetwork has spent 20 years documenting and advocating for the missing and unidentified. We are excited to partner with Othram and DNASolves so that we can now leverage cutting-edge DNA testing methods to accelerate the identification of unidentified remains,” says Todd Mathews, DoeNetwork Org co-founder.
About Othram Inc.
Othram is the world’s first private DNA laboratory built specifically to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. Othram’s scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace quantities of degraded or contaminated materials. Founded in 2018, and located in The Woodlands, Texas, our team works with academic researchers, forensic scientists, medical examiners, and law enforcement agencies to achieve results when other approaches fail. Follow Othram on Twitter @OthramTech or visit Othram.com to learn how we can help you with your case. Visit dnasolves.com to learn how anyone can make a difference in helping solve the next cold case.