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Ireland's Missing Cold cases that have haunted victims' families for decades solved by Garda DNA tests

Scientific breakthroughs deliver hope of closure

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Found: Aengus (Gussie) Shanahan vanished in 2000 but his remains were identified in 2018. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Found: Aengus (Gussie) Shanahan vanished in 2000 but his remains were identified in 2018. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

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Found: Aengus (Gussie) Shanahan vanished in 2000 but his remains were identified in 2018. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Families of missing people are being asked to provide DNA samples to try to solve hundreds of cold cases dating back almost 70 years.

According to gardaí, there are still 813 people who have been reported missing in Ireland whose cases have not yet been closed. The outstanding cases date to 1951.