Missing Persons in the United States

The Extent of the Problem

Over 600,000 individuals become missing persons 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.

Source: https://www.namus.gov/About

“NamUs is funded and administered by the National Institute of Justice, and managed through a cooperative agreement with the UNT Health Science Center. The NamUs program is funded through the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Program, U.S. Department of Justice Award NO. 2016-MU-BX-K007.” — https://www.namus.gov

Some statistics from Namus:

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Fortunately, it appears from those statistics that no single racial group is more prone than the others to have any of its members go missing, in spite of some claiming that they do.

NamUs Program – 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. 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.


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