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DNA Testing Sought For Remains From Waco Cemetery

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WACO, Texas (AP) – The committee planning the reburial of about 300 human remains unearthed from a historic Waco cemetery hopes to be able to use DNA technology to identify them.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the First Street Cemetery Memorial Advisory Committee want a Baylor University forensic anthropologist to extract bone samples from each set of remains before the reburial, which is expected in 2015.

The city of Waco discovered the unmarked graves during a construction project in 2007 and determined they were part of the city’s historic First Street Cemetery, established in 1852.

The committee will have to get permission from the state and Baylor to transfer the remains to the forensic anthropologist. And city officials say that for now, funding is not available for the DNA analysis itself.

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