To the editor:
Florida is ranked No. 5 in the U.S.A. for the highest number of unidentified human remains in national date banks.
The reason this travesty exists, is because we do not have uniform procedures in Florida's laws that would direct and provide for positive outcomes in the identification process of Unidentified Human Remains. Explicit legislation is needed to ensure that all involved in this process, will assist law enforcement officers responsible for these investigations. In fact, this is not only a problem in Florida, it is a national crisis! Want to learn more? Read this excellent article by Nancy Ritter, US National Institute of Justice; "Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The National Silent Disaster", which can be viewed on line at: www.nij.gov/journals/256/missing-persons.html This article will certainly be an eye opener on Missing Persons & Unidentified Human Remains.
As you will learn, Unidentified Human Remains are, for the most part, homicide victims. But how is it possible to do a thorough homicide investigation if you don't know who the person was? Simply explained by a friend and a nationally recognized Forensic Anthropologist:
"Without identification you don't have victimology, without victimology you don't have suspects, without suspects you don't have prosecutions, without prosecutions, killers are free to kill again"!
As of March 5, 2013, 58 percent of Florida's unidentified human remains did not have a DNA profile entered in the FBI's "Codis" national data bank or in NamUs, a US National Institute of Justice funded data bank. As a parent of a missing person/victim, how would you feel knowing that your child is one of those 58 percent of victims that will never be identified and, most importantly, because they will remain unidentified and by not knowing their identity, will severely hamper law enforcement's ability to develop leads in a homicide investigation? Knowing the identity of the victim is essential and gives the detective more opportunities to identify a perpetrator responsible for their death and of course, to bring them to Justice?
With 37 years of distinguished law enforcement service and experience, (in 2012), I amended seven Florida Statutes to provide for these uniform procedures and gave them to Sen. Benacquisto and Rep. Dane Eagle to sponsor. They did nothing to support this legislation, or even gave me the courtesy of a phone call to tell me that the legislation was not being presented to the elected representatives on the Criminal Justice Committees, or even the opportunity to appear in those committees (both Senate and House) in Tallahassee, to submit evidence (proof) I have, from the FBI and the National Institute of Justice data banks in support of this legislation!
Senate candidate Michal Dreikorn is an experienced businessman, disabled Army Veteran, and House of Representatives candidate Terry Cramer, is an attorney admitted to the Florida Bar and endorsed by the Florida Fraternal Order of Police.
They are better choices.
I would like to give them both the opportunity to earn our trust, by electing them to serve "we the people" in Tallahassee, how about you?