What could DNA and a Quilt possibly have in common? If you ask Janice Smolinski that question, she'd probably say Hope.
Patrick Waller became the 18th inmate from Dallas County cleared by DNA testing.
DNA is where the answer to Boulder's most notorious unsolved murder, the case of JonBenet Ramsey may be found. And investigators hope new evidence will finally lead to a break in the case.
The University of North Texas determines unknown human DNA samples against a DNA National Database of know samples.
This technology is a new hope for Janice Smolinski, mother of
William (Billy) Smolinski , missing since August 24 of 2004. Even though homicide is suspect, DNA testing could hold the key to many unanswered questions.
There are thousands of children and adults missing, who have loved ones searching for them. Newer DNA technology can very well help identify some of the unknown that are stored in morgues across the country, giving some families at least a chance of closure.
Janice is also the creator of The Quilt of Hope. This quilt brings some of these families of the missing together, stitch by stitch. And patch by patch, these families have a chance to tell their story of a loved one gone missing.
July 11, 2008 video
UNT uses DNA lab to help families find closure
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