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Here's how WSP uses forensic dental records testing to solve missing persons cases

While DNA testing can cost thousands of dollars and take months to get back, dental record testing is free for law enforcement and takes just minutes.

Mia Hunt, Madison Wade

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Published: 6:21 PM PDT September 2, 2023
Updated: 8:32 PM PDT September 2, 2023

The family of missing Puyallup Tribal member Besse Handy searched for her for over a year. They had no idea she was already dead.

Her remains were inside the King County Medical Examiner’s office filed as an unidentified person for a year and a half. After officials looked into one key piece of evidence, Handy was identified. It took only minutes to make the match. 

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