Increasing the Efficacy of Facial Reconstructions Through the Use of DNA

Wednesday September 20th, 2023 // 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm // Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center, Centennial Ballroom

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) searched for 27,644 missing children in 2022, and collaborated with authorities on trying to identify over 650 unidentified deceased children. High volume of cases requires a strategic approach in order to make the biggest impact at assisting law enforcement agencies nationwide at resolving these complex cases. NCMEC partners with key stakeholders that offer critical resources to help find missing children and to give names back to unidentified juveniles.  Collaboration and the intentional layering of forensic resources leads to resolutions. Through case examples, Supervisor, Forensic Artist Colin McNally will demonstrate how NCMEC is applying DNA results to increase the impact of facial reconstructions.


Colin McNally

Supervisor of the Forensic Imaging Unit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

In 2017, Colin McNally became the supervisor of the Forensic Imaging Unit, whose mission is to create digital imaging resources for NCMEC cases, such as age progressions for long term missing children and facial approximations for unidentified deceased children.

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