True crime meets forensic science in the What Remains podcast
What Remains Podcast

True crime meets forensic science in the What Remains podcast from WRAL Studios. With no ID, human skeletal remains often end up at medical examiners’ offices where they sit in storage closets for years, gathering dust as evidence slowly disappears. These are some of the most difficult cold cases to crack.

Every year in the United States there are 600,000 missing person reports and 4,400 sets of unidentified human remains are found. But matching the remains to the missing people is not an easy task. In the What Remains podcast we meet passionate scientists and investigators dedicating their lives to the seemingly impossible: matching missing persons to unidentified human remains and bringing resolution to families yearning for answers.

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Recent Episodes

A 62-year-old cold case is solved when a little girl’s remains are finally identified

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Victims’ families change how missing people are tracked in Texas

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Funding DNA testing is a game changer for Charlotte, NC’s unidentified remains

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How DNA profiling solved a 37 year old cold case

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How is a murder prosecuted without human remains as evidence?

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In 2016, Cole Thomas became a North Carolina missing person. His father is still searching for answers.

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From nothing but bones, forensic artists give a face to the unidentified

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Skeletal remains found 16 years ago identified by Cold Case Coalition

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Online ancestry paves the way for forensic genealogy

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Forensic genealogy helps solve a cold case just in the nick of time

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Recent Blog Posts

The Heartbreaking Search for John Almendarez

Alice Almendarez searched for her missing father for more than a decade. Now the pain of her search has brought change for other families of missing peop…

The Challenge of Identifying People Who Live in the Shadows

It’s not unusual for human remains to go unidentified when a person is living off the grid—living on the streets, stuck in poverty, addiction, or mental …

DNA Profiling And The CSI Effect

Solving cold cases isn't as easy as it looks on TV