RCMP to Use STACS Database to Help Identify Plane Crash Victims
Missing Persons Tracking added to STACS® Database for RCMP in 2018
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will use the Missing Persons Tracking in STACS Database to help identify the remains of Canadian victims of Flight PS752. Fifty-seven Canadians were tragically killed in the destruction of the Ukrainian passenger plane outside Tehran in Iran on January 8, 2020.
The RCMP will obtain DNA profiles from personal effects and from reference samples provided by family members. These profiles will be sent to the investigating agency to perform the identification process.
Developed in 2018 for the RCMP, Missing Persons Tracking allows analysts to process DNA samples and manage data unique to missing persons or disaster cases. It provides the same efficiency and data integrity as all STACS software while protecting the DNA identity of victims and their families, in accordance with the 1998 DNA Identification Act guidelines. The RCMP also used Missing Persons Tracking to identify the 18 Canadian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash in March 2019.
The RCMP has used STACS Database forensic DNA sample tracking and lab management software to manage the processing of offender DNA samples as part of Canada’s National DNA Data Bank (NDDB) since 2001.
- RCMP tasked with helping to identify Canadian victims of Flight PS752 crash, CBC article, January 4, 2020
- RCMP resources
- Canada’s National DNA Data Bank Upgrades to Latest STACS DNA Software
- STACS Database – see Missing Persons/Victim Identification section
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