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NamUs provides technology, forensic services, and investigative support to resolve missing person and unidentified remains cases.
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Welcome to the NamUs Website

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States. Watch the video introduction from Lucas Zarwell, Director, Office of Investigative and Forensic Services, NIJ to learn more.


Individuals go missing every year


Unidentified bodies are recovered each year

The Nation's Silent Mass Disaster

The sheer volume of missing and unidentified person cases poses one of the greatest challenges to agencies tasked with resolving these important cases.

Over 600,000 individuals go missing in the United States every year. Fortunately, many missing children and adults are quickly found, alive and well. However, tens of thousands of individuals remain missing for more than one year – what many agencies consider “cold cases”.

It is estimated that 4,400 unidentified bodies are recovered each year, with approximately 1,000 of those bodies remaining unidentified after one year.[1]

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NamUs Program

NamUs is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States. Funded and administered by the National Institute of Justice and managed through a cooperative agreement with the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, all NamUs resources are provided at no cost to law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, allied forensic professionals, and family members of missing persons.

Who Uses NamUs

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Law Enforcement

NamUs connects law enforcement with tools and resources to resolve missing person cases, including state-of-the-art technology to securely store, share, and compare case information with other criminal justice professionals.

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Medical Examiners & Coroners

NamUs provides technology and resources to resolve unidentified decedent cases across the country. The NamUs Analytical Division also assists with the location of family members for next of kin death notifications and DNA sample collections for comparison.

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Families of Missing Persons

NamUs provides tools that empower family members of missing persons to enter and search case information, and connects families with criminal justice professionals to assist in the search for their missing loved ones.


NamUs Services

NamUs 2.0 Technology
The NamUs database application fills the nation’s need for a unified, online, free, secure database for unidentified remains and missing persons records. 

Forensic Services
NamUs provides free forensic services, to include forensic odontology, fingerprint examination, forensic anthropology, and DNA analyses through the UNT Center for Human Identification. Family DNA collection kits are also provided at no cost.

Investigative Support
NamUs' seasoned staff consult on cases and support criminal justice efforts to drive resolution – all free of charge. 

Training & Outreach
NamUs subject matter experts provide free training and perform direct outreach to families of the missing by coordinating Missing Person Day events with agencies across the country. 

Missing Indigenous Persons

NamUs is working to close data gaps related to missing indigenous persons, and to ensure that every tribal law enforcement agency knows about and can use the NamUs program to help resolve cases. NamUs provides a tool for sharing and comparing case information across jurisdictional boundaries.

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[note 1] Medical Examiners And Coroners' Offices, 2004. Matthew J. Hickman, Ph.D., Kristen A. Hughes, M.P.A., Bureau of Justice Statistics, Kevin J. Strom, Ph.D., Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, Ph.D., DABFT, RTI International