Missing Person Information
"The Nation's Silent Mass Disaster"
According to the National Insitute of Justice, on any given day there are 100,000 active missing persons cases in the United States. Every year, tens of thousands of people vanish under suspicious circumstances. The NIJ identifies missing persons and unidentified human remains as "the nation's silent mass disaster." In 2005, the National Missing Persons Task Force identified the need to improve access to database information by people who can help solve missing persons and unidentified decedent cases.
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) was launched in 2009 to meet that need by maximizing the use of forensic DNA in solving crime. Through NamUs, users will have access to two databases: Unidentified Persons database and Missing Persons database. NamUs supports investigators across the country seeking to resolve challenging cases involving missing persons or unidentified remains.