Posted at: 11/07/2013 6:18 PM

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Technology has Identified First Match of Human Remains of Missing Minnesota Woman

(ABC 6 News) -- For the first time a new project to identify dozens of remains of missing people from Minnesota has made its first match.

Forensic testing capabilities now allow the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to compare DNA from old remains to samples of family members.

This is all in an effort to learn the identities of dozens of sets of unidentified human remains in the state.

Thursday the state announced its first match after DNA tests have identified a victim that has been missing for 20 years.

Pearline Walton of minneapolis.

She was last seen in 1993 in the Twin Cities. Her body was later found in Dresser, Wisconsin.

"This was a huge event in this case and this puts us into first gear from second and now we can start and hope that there's still going to be some evidence to find some statements to get," says Sheriff Pete Johnson of Polk County, Wisconsin.

You may recall closer to our area a couple years ago a baby girls body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River near Winona.

She was placed in a canvas bag along with some angel figurines. She was known as baby Angel to deputies who found her.

Families whose loved ones are missing are urged to contact the BCA to provide a DNA sample.