Police, FBI exhume remains to try to close homicide cases

May 22, 2019

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Detroit and Michigan state police have exhumed unidentified bodies buried at a cemetery to try close old homicide cases.

Detroit police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said investigators exhumed seven sets of remains Wednesday at Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Canton Township.

Police say they’re taking DNA samples from the bones and will try to match them to possible missing persons’ cases. Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Sarah Krebs, who heads the state’s missing persons unit, says the DNA samples will be sent to the University of North Texas for analysis.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says DNA technology has improved since the unidentified bodies were buried.

Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery Park had a contract with Wayne County for 24 years to bury cadavers whose identities were unknown.

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