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Posted on: February 10, 2021

DNA Identification of skeletal remains

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February 10, 2021


On January 11, 2018, the Fort Myers Police Department responded to the area behind 9011 Dani Drive in reference to human remains discovered under a tree. The remains were skeletal at this point and Detectives determined there was no reason to believe the death was suspicious. The remains were collected and transported to the District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office.

A case like this is extensive and identification can be difficult. There is a long process and many working parts and partners in a case of this nature. 

Ultimately NaMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Person Services), who holds a database that brings people, information, forensic science, and technology together to assist in resolving missing and unidentified person cases nationwide, became involved. The Fort Myers Police Department and the District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office are members of NaMUS. 

On January 22, 2021, utilizing NaMUS, the District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office contacted the Fort Myers Police Department to advise they had received a DNA match to the skeletal remains. The match was to a male, Alton Lee Wilfong (W/M 09/17/1958), who had been reported missing by family members on January 11, 2019 out of Gulfport, Mississippi. 

This is a great example of how partnerships and technology are they key to solving crimes and cases, ultimately giving closure to families. This also shows it takes time and great effort on many parts. We are always grateful of the work and partnership with the District 21 Medical Examiners Officer and this is a job well done. 

Next of Kin was notified and this case is officially closed.

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