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Dec 2, 2013 1:49 PM by Tina Macias

Database lists more than 200 missing Louisianans

The LSU FACES (Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services) Laboratory's missing persons database has swelled to 262 cases and 124 unidentified people after less than 10 years of operation.

The database started in 2004 started the database, and in 2006, the lab received state funding for the project. Now the lab works with local law enforcement to maintain the database and identify human remains.

"The purpose is for people to look at the database, to mine the database," FACES director Mary Manhein says. "We've solved several cases when people have gone on and identified people."

Last month, the LSU FACES laboratory identified the remains of Anne Bond, a Bossier City woman who had been reported missing. They also worked on the Mickey Shunick case, and are currently examining a skull that was found in St. Landry Parish this summer.

The database can be found at http://identifyla.lsu.edu/.

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