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Misty Marra, forensic DNA analyst, explains how sexual assault kits are used Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

CHARLESTON — Marshall University’s forensic lab will have a chance to do national work in missing and unidentified persons cases after a bill was approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 593, sponsored by Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, would acknowledge by statute the State Police’s designation of Marshall University’s lab as a criminal justice agency, which will give Marshall access to national databases for missing persons, relatives of missing persons and unidentified human remains. The access would be given as part of the work the lab performs for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, the bill said.

Courtney Hessler is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, primarily covering Marshall University. Follow her on and via Twitter @HesslerHD.

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