Texas Missing Persons Database

University of North Texas Center for Human IdentificationThe state legislature established the Texas Missing Persons DNA Database in 2001 on the UNT Health Science Center campus with funding provided by the Attorney General's Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. The database began accepting samples from Texas law enforcement agencies in March 2003. Texas was the first state in the country with a Missing Persons DNA Database capable of analyzing both Mitochondrial and STR systems and is the first state to participate in the federal database for missing persons (The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Combined DNA Index System or CODIS). The database provides a very powerful tool for investigators trying to locate missing persons or identify remains by allowing federal, state, and local crime laboratories to electronically exchange and compare DNA profiles. The DNA analysis provided by the Texas Missing Persons DNA Database is at no charge to law enforcement agencies or families with missing members.

The UNT Center for Human Identification Laboratory has provided scientific and technical support for Texas law enforcement agencies and crime labs for more than 10 years. The lab is one of only a handful of facilities that is able to conduct mitochondrial forensic DNA analysis and is currently one of two state laboratories that can submit mitochondrial DNA profiles directly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Entry of DNA profiles into the CODIS database is an ongoing process resulting in numerous matches and providing closure for many families.



Evidence Custodian Office Toll Free Number: 1-800-763-3147
Evidence Custodian Office Local Number: 817-735-0624
Evidence Custodian Toll Free Fax Number: 1-800-221-3515
Evidence Custodian Office Local Fax Number: 817-735-0553

Mailing Address:    UNT Center for Human ID

                                Evidence Custodian

                                3500 Camp Bowie  EAD - 332

                                Fort Worth, TX  76107

Missing Persons E-Mail:               [email protected]

CODIS Administrator E-Mail:       [email protected]