Author Ann Rule

NaMus Fact Sheet

One hundred thousand Americans are missing!  Maybe you can help locate the lost or identify Jane and John Does.  Please read the following information--a cut and paste from the NamUs website. Click here to watch a NamUs video without leaving this site.

NamUs rev. November 2011
NamUs Fact Sheet
November 2011  
• The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a free web-based tool — accessible
to everyone, but geared to families of missing persons, law enforcement, medical examiners/coroners
and victim advocates — to assist in solving of missing and unidentified persons cases in the United
• NamUs can be found online at  
• NamUs was developed with the help of experts in all areas of missing and unidentified persons case
management, including victim’s advocacy and families.  
• Nationwide, 4,400 unidentified remains are found every year and over 1,000 of these remain unidentified
after one year.  There may be up to 40,000 human remains that are unidentified.  
• Nationwide, there are as many as 100,000 active missing persons cases at a given time.  
• As of November 2011, there are over 8,448 unidentified persons records in NamUs.  
• As of November 2011, there are over 9,032 missing persons records in NamUs.  
• Unidentified remains cases are entered by medical examiners and coroners offices.
• Data regarding missing persons can be entered in NamUs by law enforcement professionals, missing
persons clearinghouses and the general public.  
• Anyone can access the NamUs system to search or track cases, print missing persons posters, find
resources and even map out travel routes in an effort to locate a missing person.  
• Regional system administrators monitor and validate new case information to prevent fraud and improve
case management.  
• NamUs automatically cross-searches the missing persons database against the unidentified decedent
database provides side-by-side comparisons of possible matches.
• NamUs, through a cooperative agreement from NIJ, was developed by the National Forensic Science
Technology Center (NFSTC) and the University of Central Florida’s National Center for Forensic
Science. NamUs is now operated by NFSTC under the direction of NIJ through a cooperative
This project was supported by Award No. 2007-IJ-CX-K023 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,U.S.
Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are
those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.

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