A new database called NamUs.gov has just been launched by the U.S. Department of Justice. Combining two databases of missing persons and unidentified dead cases into one, it will be open to both law enforcement and the public and searchable.
From the website:
“When fully operational, NamUs will link these databases to provide a powerful tool for families, law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and coroners, victim advocates, and the general public. It will allow searches for matches between missing persons and unidentified human remains records. NamUs also will provide central access to information from other Web sites, State clearinghouses, and other important resources.”
Sad, but this could evolve into an incredible resource. Some may watch TV and think something like this is already ubiquitous but it’s not, except for largely volunteer efforts as far as I can tell (but this is not an area I’ve researched extensively).