There are numerous John and Jane Does across the country and the non-profit DNA Doe Project is dedicated to identifying them.
Based in California, DNA Doe Project has volunteers all over the world, including some right here in Austin.
“It’s so amazing to be able to do this work. There are grieving families out there that don’t know what happened to their loved one. They just know that they’re gone, and we want to bring them closure. We want to be able to bring those does home for proper burials,” says Rhonda Kevorkian who is an investigative genetic genealogist with the DNA Doe Project.
Kevorkian says law enforcement will often contact the organization if they have a case they’ve been working on for a long time. Many agencies can’t afford the technology that the organization uses and the organization gets funding through donations.