Canada

By Sûreté du Québec [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Sûreté du Québec [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

On 6 July 2013, a train derailed in Lac Mégantic, Quebec producing a massive explosion in the center of this small community and claiming more than 40 lives. The extremely high temperatures produced by the blaze severely damaged the human remains, and the authorities from the Quebec Laboratory of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine approached ICMP for assistance with DNA testing after they were unable to extract DNA from the most badly burned remains. Test samples were sent to three leading laboratories around the world. ICMP’s results proved to be the most effective and more samples were subsequently sent to ICMP. The complete incineration of remains meant that even ICMP’s success rate was low. Three cases were resolved through profiles submitted by ICMP. The Quebec authorities indicated that in case of future events requiring specialist identification they would be willing to cooperate with ICMP.

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