Individuals go missing every year
Unidentified bodies are recovered each year
Between 2007 and 2020, an average of 664,776 missing persons records annually were entered into the National Crime Information Center. See https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/ncic
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”.
Namus offers Free-of-charge forensic services including odontology, fingerprint examination, anthropology, and DNA analyses, and many other services.
Determine best practices in your area.
Call the local law enforcement and make sure there is not an active search being conducted there at the same time—you don’t want to interfere with their process, or their canine unit.
Get a map of the area, divide it into a grid. Assign volunteers to different sections of the grid.
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.