Sep 21, 2022

Utah Company Examines Mass Grave to Identify Remains of Tulsa Race Massacre

A team of Utah experts with unique expertise has started to examine a grave site for hundreds of people killed in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Sorting out the remains will not be easy for the team at Intermountain Forensics in Millcreek but recent advances in technology have made their work possible.

“It’s been a solemn honor,” said Danny Hellwig, Director of Laboratory Development. “We’ve been contracted to take 14 bodies, of which we’ve got two samples; one bone sample and one tooth sample.”

All of them were found in a mass grave in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hellwig said, “Using some really intense forensic DNA to come up with identification for genetic genealogy.”

It’s technology that not many people have but Intermountain Forensics hopes it will help better understand what happened.

You can read more in an article by Mike Anderson published in the KSL-TV web site at: