Missing and Unidentified Person Program Overview

The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) is an accredited forensic laboratory located in Fort Worth, Texas. Using grant funding from the National Institute of Justice, UNTCHI provides the following services related to missing and unidentified person investigations:

  • Autosomal STR testing
  • Y STR (Y chromosome) testing
  • Mitochondrial DNA testing

All DNA profiles for missing and unidentified persons are uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) for searching and comparison.

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 26, 2017, THE MISSING PERSONS UNIT OF THE UNT CENTER FOR HUMAN IDENTIFICATION IS UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW DNA SAMPLE SUBMISSIONS. WE ARE WORKING ON POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS AND HOPE THAT THIS SITUATION IS TEMPORARY. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.


Submitting DNA Samples to UNTCHI

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to DNA submissions and analyses.

DNA samples related to a missing person or unidentified humans remains case can be submitted to UNTCHI at the mailing address listed below. All samples should be submitted with appropriate UNTCHI submission paperwork, which can be found in UNTCHI collection kits, or can be downloaded below. If you have questions or need further assistance with a DNA collection or submission, contact the UNTCHI Missing/Unidentified Person Program at any of the numbers listed below.

Download Submission Paperwork

Family Reference Sample Paperwork

Direct Reference Sample Paperwork

Unidentified Human Remains Sample Paperwork

Unidentified Living Person Sample Paperwork

Forensic Evidence Submission Paperwork

Contact UNTCHI (Forensic and Missing Persons Units)

MAILING ADDRESS:

UNT Center for Human Identification
Attention: Evidence Custodian
CBH 6th Floor
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107

EVIDENCE CUSTODIAN OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS:

Local Number: 817-735-0606 Fax: 817-735-0553
Toll-Free: 1-800-763-3147 Toll-Free Fax: 1-800-221-3515

EMAIL ADDRESSES:

Evidence Custodian Email: Jennifer.Urbina@unthsc.edu
Missing Persons Email: MissingPersons@unthsc.edu
CODIS Administrator Email: CODIS@unthsc.edu