Monday, February 17, 2014

Connecticut Missing Persons Unit makes progress

Michelle Garvey/ Contributed photo

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
Michelle Garvey of New London disappeared in June 1982, just days before her 15th birthday, and police believe she ran away from home.
A month later, her remains were found in an open field in Houston.
But it would be three decades before police positively matched the body found in Texas to Michelle, whose death was ruled a homicide.
Finding out Michelle’s fate was a collaboration of the Connecticut State Police Missing Persons Unit and authorities in Texas. Detectives with the unit got a DNA sample from Michelle’s family to enter into a national database. Texas officials had exhumed the body to get DNA samples. In January, state police announced a match had been made.
The case is just one of the success stories for the Missing Persons Unit. Two years ago, state police indicated they were revamping the unit to include more investigators, with major crime detectives from multiple districts.

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