Even though most parents would never want to have to use them, an identification kit could help determine their child's identity in the most desperate of situations.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was at the Oklahoma Science Museum on Saturday giving parents the chance to own a kit, which includes the child's fingerprints, a section for dental information and a physical description page.
The kit also asks parents to attach a piece of hair for DNA comparisons and provides space for a recent photo.
And while you'd be hard-pressed to find an instance where one of the kits has been used to locate a missing child, parents and OSBI evidence analysts agree that it's better safe than sorry.
Wendy Duke, an OSBI criminalist, said fingerprints are more reliable than DNA when it comes to making a positive identification.
“Even with identical twins, who have the same DNA, their fingerprints are still unique,” Duke said. “And they don't change as a child gets older — they just get bigger.”
Duke said fingerprints taken from a child would be used “for anything normal fingerprints are used for.”
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