Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"Missing in New Jersey"

Missing in New Jersey
You've seen the stories on television shows like 20/20 and Dateline. People go missing, leaving behind few, if any, clues about what happened to them. They simply vanish. But that doesn't happen here in New Jersey. That happens in other places and to other people.

Between 14,000-16,000 people are reported missing in New Jersey every year. Since 1969, there are more than 1,100 unsolved missing persons cases statewide and more than 300 investigations of unidentified human remains. When it comes to missing persons and human remains investigations, much has changed since 1969. Biometric data collection, which is dental records, DNA, and other medical information, allows our detectives to solve cases that would have been impossible in years past. This technology is great, but it's not enough on its own. 

For the first time in State history, there will be an event open to the families and friends of the missing where people can gather to heal, network, learn, and most importantly, keep hope alive. "Missing in New Jersey" will be held on Saturday, May 20, at a location(s) that we will announce in the near future. Families will also be able to provide biometric data, which will only be used to help solve missing persons cases and unidentified human remains. If you are unsure about your own origins and background, you can submit DNA that could be linked to an unidentified child abduction case.

As we approach May 20, we will feature some of New Jersey's missing on a weekly basis.

1. Edward Dubarry was last September 7, 1984. The 37-year-old was last seen in Towaco, N.J. His car was recovered in Pennsylvania at the Delaware Water Gap. He would be 69 today.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.
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