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Pima County, Mexican officials agree to share DNA data on border remains

Pima County officials hope an agreement with Mexican officials to share databases of DNA information will help close even more of the 640 cases involving unidentified remains. Dr. Bruce Parks, the county’s chief medical examiner, signed the memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Juan Manuel Calderón-Jaimes, Mexico’s consul general in Tucson.

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