DETROIT -- The remains of unidentified Detroit homicide victims are being exhumed from area cemeteries over the next few months as police and other agencies use new technologies and DNA to try and identify them.

Operation UNITED, which stands for Unknown Names Identified Through Exhumation and DNA, will focus on victims dating back to 1959 with no DNA on file.

Detroit police say DNA collected from the remains will be sent to the U.S. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.