A lot of people are shocked to find out there is not a DNA Data Bank for the Missing People of Canada. There are numerous unidentified remains in the coroners offices across Canada and even more families with Missing Loved Ones looking for some sort of closure. Melanie Alix, whose  son Dylan Koshman, 21, has been missing since October 2008 from Edmonton Alberta presented a petition to her local MP for DNA Data Bank for the Missing People of Canada . Actually when you look at the details of Melanies son Dylan’s disappearance there are a lot of similarities to the Missing Men in BC.

This is not the first time the issue of a National DNA Databank for Missing of Canada has been brought to the House of Commons. Private member bills were presented in 2003 and 2006 by Judy Peterson whose daughter, Lindsey Nicolls , 14, has been missing since 1993. Both Bills were rejected. I do have the petition the Judy created as a link on my blog. If you have not signed it yet, please take the time to read it and sign if you agree.

On February 1, 2012 Conservative MP Ray Coughten presented a petition to the House of Commons that asked Parliament to support creating a National DNA Databank and linking them with the National DNA Data Bank used to catch criminals. By the way there is over 50,0000 DNA samples in the Criminal Data Bank of Canada of unsolved crimes! Anyone of those DNA samples could solve the mystery of someones missing love one. The MP  stated, “I think it’s a issue that will bring closure to some questions that people have. Right now there are very limited identification opportunities.” He is so right about the limitations! Very frustrating for the family and friends of a missing loved one.

So now the Petition will be examined for about 45 “business” days and then the Government will give its response. The best we can hope for at this time is that the issue will be looked at for further study, but at least its a start.  Trust me I will be watching for this response closely!

The United States has a National DNA Databank and has matched 500 missing people and unidentified remains. 83 cases of Missing People were solved in 2010 using their National DNA Databank. It’s about time Canada had a Missing Person DNA Data Bank!

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