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Missing, unidentified persons database in La.

1 year 11 months 4 weeks ago January 21, 2015 Jan 21, 2015 Wednesday, January 21 2015 January 21, 2015 9:23 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Repository for Missing and Unidentified Persons is a comprehensive database of computer generated images, made from the remains of people investigated by the FACES Lab and missing people and their computer generated present-day characteristics.

The program was organized after a 2006 effort to pass a law by retiring FACES director Mary Manhein. The database is the most comprehensive state database of its kind in the entire U.S. and has been successful in solving local cold cases and others from across the country, LSU said in a press release announcing Manhein's retirement.

The program is available online and uses a map to show the locations of cases logged through the database. There are numerous ones, dozens in the capital region.

Among them, is Wesley Dale Morgan. Morgan has been missing since May 15, 2001 when he vanished from Clinton. Investigators believe Morgan may have been given away or sold. In 2008, Morgan's mother, Ruby Renee Havard was charged for trying to sell one of her other children, but those charges were dropped that same year.

Morgan's disappearance was the focus of a WBRZ News 2 Investigative report in May 2014.

"In my heart, I think the little boy's alive," Sheriff Talmadge Bunch said in another interview years earlier, in 2001. "His mother knows where he's at, or knows more than she's telling us about."

Manhein told WBRZ News 2 Wednesday, she will never forget her work.

"I'm going to miss them," she said.

Click HERE to visit the website of the database.
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