In partnering with many universities, STHRC has been able to recover the remains of numerous individuals in the Brooks County area. They have advocated for policy reform that has required the state to take DNA samples of these individuals to allow for them to be positively identified. Using a program called NAMUS, all identifying markers of the remains are matched against information gathered on missing migrants. When a positive match is made proceedings can then begin to allow the family of the deceased to recover the remains and lay their loved one to rest.
Sacred Heart Cemetery, Falfurrias, TX: During the 10-day period (June 1-11), undergraduate and graduate students worked diligently to exhume as many human being remains as possible as part of the Forensic Project coordinated by the Forensic Scientists Team, their professors, Dr. Lori Baker, Sgt. Jim Huggins, and Dr. Krista Latham. The field work is part of … More University Students Learn Life-Long Lessons