Kentucky State Police use DNA technology to solve missing person cases


HELTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Several people were sent to the hospital in Helton, Ky. KSP officers are relying on cutting-edge DNA identification technology to solve open cases.

In a timeframe of less than two hours, the ANDE Rapid DNA Identification System can generate DNA identifications from forensic samples using the data provided by the samples.

The KSP recently used the technology to locate a Kentucky lady who went missing in 2020.

Makayla Collett has been missing since October 2020. She was last seen in Leslie County, Georgia. The KSP Forensic Lab was called in to investigate the discovery of a skull in 2021.

The ANDE Rapid DNA Identification technology was able to positively identify Collett by combining DNA from the skull with samples provided by the deceased’s family.

In 2019, Kentucky became the first state to adopt fast DNA testing for victims of sexual assault. The state now utilizes this testing method to identify human remains and offer closure to open cases such as Makayla’s.

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