In Dallas-Fort Worth, this Saturday, the third annual missing in north Texas event will convene to help connect families to their lost and missing loved ones. The event, called MINT for short, is hosted and run by the national missing and unidentified person system (NamUs) which is also based in Fort Worth.
The event gathers individuals so that they may utilize the free resources provided by NamUs to help identify one of the almost 1,300 missing persons in their database. Access to the forensic and technological tools provided are funded and administered by the National Institute of Justice through a relationship with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.
At the previous event, the Lukacsy family became the first to locate a lost loved one, their son Tony, as a result of a MINT event, according to B.J. Spamer, the executive director of operations with NamUs. The identification occurred in less than a year after the event by means of a positive DNA match with Tony’s remains which were found at DFW airport in January.
Spamer and NamUs hope to provide the same sense of relief as was found by the Lukacsy family bye matching more missing persons to their loved ones through this and other MINT events. They urge more families to attend the hopes of finding what they’re looking for: closure, peace of mind, and knowledge what happened to their missing family members.
The event will take place on Saturday, May 18th in Fort Worth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of North Texas Health Science Center campus.