A new missing and unidentified database

A stack of old files yellowing in an archiveA new missing and unidentified database developed by the Center for Investigative Reporting can help many families seeking information.

Founded in 1977, CIR is nationally respected for setting the highest journalistic standards, and for our signature approach to investigative reporting and collaboration.”

On this page you can find out how to use their database. They have joined the information now uploaded in NamUs with information received from coroners, the authorities, coroners, medical examiners, and others. The result is a system that allows you to search by sex, race, ethnicity, state, region, age, and dates.

NamUs combines two huge databases for the unidentified and the missing. However, you cannot search by date in both at the same time. If you think you have found someone you need to keep switches back and forth or open several windows on your computer. This database combines the information and enables you a faster and easier search.

For example, if you move the age range bar you will immediately see the case files pop up from the missing in that age range. Therefore I must warn you: images do immediately pop up and may be disturbing. However, it is an easy to use tool that joined a lot of information to help victim family members.

If you think that you have found a match please follow the prompts that will help you contact the authorities.

Thank you Byard Duncan for alerting me to your organization’s tool!


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