War Grave Experts AID ID of Katrina Victims

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    (CNN) -- Louisiana officials working to identify the last 170 unknown victims of Hurricane Katrina are getting help from seasoned Bosnian DNA experts.

    The International Commission on Missing Persons said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with Louisiana health officials to perform DNA tests on 260 to 350 bone samples from Katrina victims.

    The commission, based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was set up to help identify people killed in the bloody Balkan conflicts. It used DNA analysis on bones and teeth recovered from mass graves found in the former Yugoslavia.

    Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals reported Thursday that the remains of 170 people have yet to be identified. In all, 1,096 bodies were recovered in Louisiana in the wake of the August 29 hurricane.

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