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New computer algorithm helps FBI identify old bodies

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new computer algorithm is helping the FBI identify bodies found years or even decades ago.

The agency has looked at fingerprints from about 1,500 bodies and succeeded in making 204 matches to prints previously on record.

The new system is able to make matches from low-quality prints or even a single finger or thumb.

The unit is now urging local authorities to search through other old case files and send in smudged or partial prints that couldn't previously be matched.
 

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