NamUs Database Provides National Information Clearinghouse for Missing Persons’ Cases and Unidentified Decedents


Government Technology
There are as many as 100,000 active missing persons cases in the United States at any one time. Family members and friends typically file missing persons reports with local law enforcement agencies in hopes of locating the person — or at least getting closure in the event the story doesn’t have a happy ending. And when medical examiners and coroners can’t identify the deceased, the person is added to the ranks of the nation’s John and Jane Does. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) estimates that there are approximately 40,000 unidentified human remains nationwide.