Arkansas officials host event for cold cases

BAUXITE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas state agencies are combining forces to host the state's first missing persons day.

Arkansas has 106 unidentified persons and 165 missing persons in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. State officials hope to clear some of those cases this fall when Arkansas becomes the third state in the nation to host an annual missing persons day.

The state doesn't have DNA samples for more than 100 of the missing persons cases, many of whom went missing before the DNA profiling was practiced by law enforcement.

The state police, state attorney general's office and the state crime lab will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 11 at the state police headquarters in Little Rock. The DNA gathered will be cross-referenced in national databases.

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