Working with law enforcement is a big part of their operation. They need the cooperation of local officials to get worthwhile information to include on their site; law enforcement can benefit from their operation as well, gaining leads on cases thought to be cold. Neville says, "There are countless number of unidentified individuals throughout the country whose cases have been thrown on the backburner due to budgetary constraints. Project EDAN offers these agencies a chance to have a sketch or reconstruction done, and then shown to thousands of viewers and the wonderful group of DoeNetwork volunteers that will not let the case run cold—free of charge. I encourage those agencies to take advantage of this unique opportunity."
Already, the story of Tent Girl has inspired one detective in Massachusetts and an another in Kentucky, who was motivated to start a state medical examiner’s office after working for the funeral home in Scott County that was unable to identify the body of Tent Girl back in 1968.
Through Project EDAN and the DoeNetwork, someday, Matthews and Neville hope more cases like Tent Girl’s will be solved, and more families will find comfort and closure.
To learn more about the DoeNetwork or Project EDAN, check out the organization’s Web site at www.doenetwork.org.
This article was written by Ellie Bayrd of Callan Publishing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
They publish magazines for several Law Enforcement & Peace Officers Associations.
Various versions of the article will appear in their publications across the country.
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