On July 27, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced the identification of remains found in 2010 at Wadsworth Place in Charlotte. Through DNA analysis, they were identified as Napoleon McNeil, a Raleigh-area man who had no known contacts or history in Mecklenburg County.

Mr. McNeil was identified by the N.C. Identity Project, established in 2020 by Dr. Ann Ross, forensic anthropologist with the Department of Human Identification at N.C. State University, and Leslie Kaufman, a forensic genealogist and owner of First Genes LLC. They founded the Project with a grant to help fund the DNA analysis and identification of North Carolina’s nearly 130 unidentified persons.

The case of Mr. McNeil is one of several submitted by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office. Its partnership with the N.C. Unidentified Project developed after the County’s recent successes in identifying remains. For several years, the County’s forensic pathologist Dr. Jonathan Privette and forensic autopsy technician Elizabeth Fisher have reviewed local cases. Their work resulted in the identification of two men—Matthew Schulty in 2018 and Robert Quade in 2019. Those identifications were made using DNA analysis via the University of North Texas and NamUs, and with the assistance of dentist Dr. Gina Davis.