Sees Success In Matching Remains, Missing Persons


A new program has begun to show results in matching unidentified remains with missing persons, reports USA Today. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System ( began last year and so far is credited with solving 17 cases, spokeswoman Michele Money-Carson says. The concept began with medical examiners, who called for a nationwide system in 2005 to provide a comprehensive site to help identify missing people, says Kevin Lothridge, CEO of the National Forensic Science Technology Center.

The Largo, Fla.-based center partners with the U.S. Department of Justice. It cost about $1.8 million to operate last year. NamUs essentially has two sets of information. The first is known details of missing-person cases around the nation provided by law officers and relatives of the missing. The other is a database of unknown human remains in morgues across the country; details are entered by coroners and medical examiners. It allows one-stop sleuthing for amateurs, families and police. Anyone can search and enter data they have on a missing person. Medical examiners can enter data on unidentified bodies, and anyone can search the database for potential matches

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