Missing Persons

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Do you have a loved one that is missing? Has your loved one recently gone missing or have they been missing for years? You may not be aware of the U.S. Department of Justice’s national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons known as “NamUs.” The “National Missing and Unidentified Persons System” is a free online website that can be searched by the medical field, law enforcement and the general public.  The website includes three separate databases, which are described below.  

The “Missing Persons” database contains information that can be entered by anyone and will be verified by NamUs. The Center also provides a variety of resources including missing person posters, biometric collection and testing assistance.  The “Unidentified Persons” database includes persons who have died and have not been identified. This database can be searched by sex, race, body features and dental records.  The “Unclaimed Persons” database contains information about identified persons for whom no family member has been identified. This database can be searched by name and birth date.

When new cases are added to the NamUs system, they are cross referenced against existing cases. In addition to the databases, this Department of Justice program also provides free DNA testing and other services including victim assistance groups.

In the event that you need to search for a missing loved one, there are many other resources available to assist you in your search. Using our “Crimes and Crime Data Directory” website you can access other available links for missing persons by State, County or City. Some of the available state links are as follows:  Alaska provides “Active Missing Persons Bulletins” which includes a picture and links to the actual missing person posters; Arkansas provides a “Missing Persons Search” form which includes dates, physical features and type of case; California’s Department of Justice provides a “search of missing persons” by name, and physical features including suspect’s name; and New York’s State Police provides a “list of missing persons” for review.

Two other national websites for missing persons are the FBI’s “Kidnappings and Missing Persons” website and the “National Center for Missing and Exploited Children” website.

Other available public records links on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” may be helpful in your search including land ownership records, birth and death records, marriage records, and more. There are many uses for public records including finding a loved one.

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