Many people do not realize that THEIR DNA can provide answers for missing persons cases worldwide. If you are the family member of a missing person, if you know you are a missing person, if you've had suspicions of your upbringing and could be a missing person, or if you just want to be part of the DNA action to see what mysteries you could unfold, you've come to the right place!
Police collected DNA in missing persons cases only becomes useful if there is an unidentified body or the missing person also happened to be a perpetrator or victim of a crime that would initiate their DNA being taken into the system (eg. murder, rape).
BUT NOW DNA ON THESE CONSUMER WEBSITES HAVE BECOME THE "NEW PHONE BOOK" OF THE WORLD! AND EVERY PERSON CAN BE A DNA SUPER HERO by adding their DNA to the "phonebook"!! Anyone willing to buy and send in a consumer DNA kit provides an opportunity to possibly bring peace, closure and understanding for victims and families of victims in missing persons cases.
Buy an Ancestry.com and 23andMe.com DNA kit on their website or on Amazon, follow the super easy instructions: spit in a tube and send it into their lab with their prepaid mailing box. It's as simple as this!! Kits usually take 3-6 weeks to process.
One tip is to write everything you can see about any close matches ASAP - location, name, ethnic details, the family trees details if they have one - and avoid any initial contact until you have a plan on what you will say. Many people get spooked when they feel like they are part of something unknown. If you find yourself needing help on interpreting any DNA matches, you may want to consider posting on the DNA Detectives Facebook Group to solicit free help from volunteer "DNA Angels" (click here).
Follow these steps to download your raw DNA so you can upload it to other free and valuable DNA match websites for even more potential DNA matches. These companies do not charge you to upload your DNA and see DNA matches.
First, follow these steps to download your raw DNA, either from Ancestry or from 23andMe:
+ Ancestry (click here)
+ 23andMe (click here)
And then upload your raw DNA file on these websites:
1. MyHeritage (click here)
2. Family Tree DNA (click here)
3. GEDmatch.com* (click here)
(*make sure you check the box to also allow Law Enforcement to see and compare your kit to kits they have - they can't download your DNA)
If you don't have any great DNA matches that show up right away, do not worry, thousands of new matches are added on these sites daily (like yours will be!!!), so be sure to check your messages and all the DNA websites listed here often, as well as make sure you have notifications turned on for new match notifications ON ALL 5 OF THESE WEBSITES.