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The Process of Missing Persons Cases

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Police agencies across the Rogue Valley work together and use missing persons cases, not just to track down someone who disappeared, but to possibly identify human remains.

Medford Police say they have an active file of eight missing persons cases, and also keep tabs on missing persons cases from other agencies. When a body is found and cannot be identified, police departments begin contacting each other to see if the remains match a missing person.

When someone initially disappears, Medford Police and agencies across the county obtain DNA from family members, and send it to the University of North Texas, where it is stored and matched against other cases, and when a body can’t be identified, they also send the DNA there to see if it is a match.

“We send the DNA from those remains to the same location, for comparison. Basically the University of North Texas is the clearinghouse for all missing person cases,” explained Lt. Mike Budreau.

Susan Monica’s arrest began when the family of Robert Haney filed a missing persons report, which eventually led police to Monica and started the murder investigation.