Nationwide, about 4,400 unidentified remains are found each year—and more than 1,000 of those are still unidentified a year later, according to the National Institute of Justice, which maintains searchable databases of missing and unidentified persons (NamUs.gov). Medical examiners and local police departments most frequently become the stewards of unidentified remains. And each year, about 20 requests are made to the FBI Laboratory to develop facial approximations of unidentified individuals to help investigators ultimately put a name to a face.
Daily Archives: July 7, 2016
A roadside memorial marks where Sierra Bouzigard’s body was found seven years ago in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. There were no witnesses to the murder, and the DNA under her fingernails matched none of the suspects. Yet Detective Les Blanchard—here revisiting the scene—is hopeful a new forensic technique might help solve this cold case.