Friday, July 25 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:24:59 GMT
French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.Full Story >
French soldiers recovered a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, officials said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the...Full Story >
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An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.Full Story >
The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel's 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled new unrest in the West...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:48:09 GMT
Prominent HIV/AIDS researchers were among the 298 victims identified aboard flight MH17. To honor their legacy, the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation is hosting a candlelight vigil. We spokeFull Story >
The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation to host candlelight vigil to honor top HIV/AIDS researchers killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 18th, 2014. Full Story >
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
In 1995, a dog found human bones near an old barn on Angus Road in Richmond. The dog carried the remains back to a farmer, who called police.
Police were able to reconstruct his face from the skull - our best guess at what he looked like in life.
In 2000, along a wooded area on Commerce Road in Richmond, power crews found a skeleton and clothing. Another facial reconstruction was made. Police believe he was a black male between 50 and 65 years old.
"You want to get these people identified, because somewhere out there, someone is missing them," said Lara Frame. She's a staff investigator with the Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond.
"I work on these all the time. I look through their case files. I look through the scene photos," said Frame.
It's her job to pour through the pictures and stories, looking for clues to link these cases to missing person's reports. There are more than 200 unidentified dead in Virginia, cases dating as far back as the 70's.
"Every person has a right to be known. Who they are and what happened to them and have their story told," said Rochelle Altholz, also with the Medical Examiner's Office.
The office has FBI artists and anthropologists reconstruct faces whenever possible. The models are incredibly good. Derrick Parker was missing for years. His family never knew what happened to him until they saw a picture in a Gotcha magazine.
"They have an idea that something bad's happened to this person, but they never know what happened to them and when they finally find out, it's just a big relief and it's really emotional," said Altholz.
There's a database called the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). Families can add descriptions of their missing loved ones. And now they can also add their own DNA.
Thanks to recent advances in technology, scientists are finally able to pull DNA from bones. Mitochondrial DNA comes from the woman's side, so it's ideal to have a mother provide the DNA, but it's possible any family member can make a match.
All of the unidentified bodies found in Virginia are slowly getting a second look - a second chance at finding home.
"That's just amazing, to be able to give someone the knowledge of what happened to their loved one," said Frame.
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three peopleFull Story >
A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton. Full Story >