Missing Persons DNA Initiative

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(In Nov. 2013, Mayor Spano held a press conference announcing the Yonkers Missing Child DNA Initiative)

It’s every parent’s or family member's worst nightmare. Even the thought of your child or loved one going missing or being abducted is too much for most people to bear.

Sadly, in New York State, several thousand families cope with the life-changing stress of reporting a child missing. Last year, more than 21,600 children were reported missing in New York; 2,359 from Westchester County alone – the largest number outside of New York City. And in 2012, Westchester County had the most reported missing vulnerable adult cases in New York State. 

About the Yonkers Missing Persons DNA Initiative 

In November 2013, Mayor Spano and the Yonkers Police Department launched the Yonkers Missing Child DNA Initiative - one of the first of its kind in New York State. Through the initiative, YPD offers free DNA Identification Kits to Yonkers families. The kit includes space for your child’s photo, fingerprints, hair sample, dental records, and two swabs to preserve your child’s DNA. In just one year, YPD gave out more than 3,000 kits.

One year later, in November 2014, Mayor Spano expanded the program to include vulnerable adults. Now vulnerable adult populations, such as those suffering from dementia, autism or other illnesses, or their family members and caregivers, can obtain a free DNA ID kit from YPD.

Request a DNA Kit

Contact the Yonkers Police Department Community Affairs Division. Those interested in securing a kit can pick one up at the Community Affairs Division, located at 36 Radford Street, or by calling 914-377-7375. 

Watch the Press Conference: Yonkers Expands DNA Program