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Event on helping find missing people set

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 28, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.

An event to help Arkansas families locate their missing loved ones through DNA samples has been scheduled later this week.

The third annual "Never Forgotten — Arkansas Takes Action" event is Thursday in Little Rock. Officials from several agencies, including the state Crime Laboratory and the Arkansas State Police, will help collect DNA samples from attendees.

Aaron Sadler, a spokesman for the state's attorney general, says the event has helped authorities identify a Crittenden County man that had been missing since 2001.

Memphis officials determined that remains found three years ago were those of Earle resident Tommy Lee Newingham.

Newingham's remains were identified through a national DNA database after his family provided samples to investigators at the 2012 event.

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