NJ State Police hosting event to help families of missing persons

The event is focused on gathering any item to help build a profile.

Kristen Johanson
May 17, 2018 - 8:39 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Nearly a thousand people remain missing in New Jersey from year to year. State troopers have organized a 'one-stop' shop at Rowan University on Saturday for families of those lost loved ones to help bolster case files of the missing. 

The free event, called "Missing in New Jersey," is focused on gathering any item to help build a profile.

"Dental, DNA, x-rays, every single piece of information that we can possibly find," said Sergeant Joel Trella with New Jersey State Police's Missing Persons Unit.

So families are urged to bring everything they can that might help.

"Photographs of people smiling, photographs of people not smiling. Photographs of tattoos," Trella said. "These missing people may be unidentified somewhere - unidentified living or unidentified deceased, so what those biometrics do is help us connect those puzzle pieces."

The stronger the case file, the quicker law enforcement can make identifications. One key piece: the more relatives who show, the better the DNA sample.

The more biological relatives we have, the better chances and better profile we can develop," Trella said, "and the better our odds of finding out who that unidentified person is."

Anyone from any state is welcome to attend the event.

More details: 

When: Saturday, May 19 
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: Rowan University
Chamberlain Student Center
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028

Bring: (as many as you can)

  • 2 Biological Relatives (male and female) of your missing loved one 
  • Police reports
  • X-rays, both dental and body
  • doctor and dentist information
  • photographs (as many as possible)
  • any other identifying documents