There are more than 200 missing persons cases in Oklahoma and police want to bring that number to zero. A new program they've introduced at the Tulsa State Fair can help them do it.
Tulsa Police Detective Margaret Loveall works homicide and missing persons cases. A new approach to solving cases this year is to take DNA swabs from fairgoers who are relatives of missing persons.
Police are taking DNA from parents and siblings of those missing to help identify unidentified remains in other parts of the country. Police chose the fair because it attracts people from all over.
"We have at least one case that we have solved substantially upon this system otherwise that we would not have been able to solve," Loveall told KTUL.com.
Police are interested in current cases and those that are decades old. Maybe it's a family member who's led a transient lifestyle and has never been seen again.
Loveall says, "We're interested in those cases as well, even if you think its never been reported, because there are remains that exist in medical examiner's offices from the turn of the century that those haven't been identified either."
If you'd like to submit DNA samples and you have a missing loved one, The Tulsa Police Department will be at the fair through Saturday. Their booth is located on the West end of the upper-level of the QuikTrip Center.