A National Missing and Unidentified Persons Initiative (NamUS) was started today by the U.S. Justice Department to provide medical examiners, coroners, victim advocates, law enforcement agencies. and the general public with the ability to search the records of missing persons and unidentified human remains simultaneously in an effort to solve cases. Developed by the National Institute of Justice, NamUs provides a national database for unidentified remains for the use of medical examiners and coroners.
Ultimately, NamUs will link records from the unidentified remains database with missing persons records through a search and matching tool. NamUs will also serve as a national repository for information on unidentified remains, and missing persons and the resources from around the country. The NamUs Web site is at www.namus.gov. The vast majority of unidentified remains cases are currently inaccessible for law enforcement investigative purposes, and are not available to the public.