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New help for finding missing persons

TPD and Pima Sheriff's Dept join Missing in AZ
Posted at 7:53 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 22:53:31-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Has someone in your life disappeared without a trace?

Local law enforcement is joining a program that may give you hope.

Law enforcement is a very human story and sometimes some of the saddest stories that officers and deputies will deal with involve missing persons.  Now local authorities are joining in a statewide program that may help you find someone you love.
DNA databases bring real scientific power to the hunt for missing persons but DNA alone cannot find someone who seems to have disappeared.
For the last three years, authorities in Maricopa County have offered the Missing in Arizona Project---a chance to ask authorities for help finding a missing relative or friend.
Now Tucson Police and Pima Sheriff's Deputies will join in the program.
The more info you have the better: 
Medical records.
Dental records, 
Where did they live? 
TPD Officer Steven Acevedo says You may be asked for a DNA sample.

"Any photographs and photographs of any tattoos.  Last known locations, that sort of information."
Help from the Missing in Arizona project does involve going to Maricopa County on Saturday, October 21st.
The government resources are coming together at the campus of ASU West at 57th and Thunderbird.  A long list of agencies will be there.
Pima County has a large share of unidentified people who died crossing the desert from Mexico.  
Pima County Sheriff’s Detective Jesus Banuelos says undocumented people should not worry about asking for help finding someone.

"At no point are we gonna ask whether they're here legally, illegally.  That, at this point, doesn't matter to us.  What matters is that we help them finding their missing loved one."