The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology will conduct the genetic testing necessary to identify victims of the Mount Carmel fire. Justice of the Peace David Pareya of West said he received word Friday afternoon.
DNA samples could be taken this week from suspected relatives of the 42 unknown Branch Davidians who died April 19, Pareya said. Those samples will be tested against DNA taken from the fire victims.
The testing will be done at the AFIP in Washington, D.C., at the federal government’s expense.
“The experience and educational benefits derived from this joint effort will greatly assist the AFIP in future mass disasters,” Dr. Edward Martin, acting assistant secretary of defense, wrote in a letter to McLennan County officials.