anyone with a missing loved one can make an account on NamUs to enter their missing loved one. Before entering the MP; they should get the missing person's report; either by contacting LE where the MP went missing or by going to their own police station to make one. If for some reason they can not get the MP report (some LE refuse to take it) they can enter the MP into NamUs without one. NamUs is the only site that I know of that will allow you to enter the MP without a police report. If there is no report; the NamUs case manager will run a search to make sure the person is missing. When they are satisfied, the NamUs case manager will reach out to the police department where the MP was last seen to ask for assistance to get one. If they are not successful in getting one; the MP profile will not go online for the public to see; but they will still want relatives for a DNA sample by asking for assistance from LE where the relative is located.
Want to add this info here in case someone comes here from your article. For those that can not get an MP report; there are groups of people trying to make it a law that all missing & unidentified persons get added to the NamUs database. We need these people to help us make it into a law by joining the FB group as well as the FB page for the state the person went missing from.
Federal Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law) FB group; here is a post that gives all of the links to state FB pages.
Every year tens of thousands of Americans go missing, never to be seen by their loved ones again. At the same time, there are also an estimated 40,000 sets of unidentified human remains that are being held or disposed of across the country. Sadly, because of gaps in the nation’s missing persons systems, missing persons and unidentified remains are rarely matched. The Help Find the Missing Act (Billy’s Law) is an effort to fix these problems and bring closure to the loved ones of the missing.
This legislation is named after Billy Smolinski of Waterbury, Connecticut who went missing on August 24, 2004 at the age of 31. Billy’s family knows all too well the systemic challenges in trying to find the missing. They quickly learned that while federal law mandates law enforcement report missing children, there are no such requirements for adults – or unidentified bodies. Compounding this problem is the fact that local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and coroners, often don’t have the resources or training to voluntarily report these cases. Finally, even when missing adults and remains are reported, the wide-range of unconnected federal, state, local, and non-profit databases to help match the missing with unidentified bodies, makes finding a match an often insurmountable challenge.
The Help Find the Missing Act builds upon recent efforts to address these issues by:
Authorizing, and therefore helping to ensure funding for, the National Missing Persons and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), which was created in July 2007 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide a missing persons/unidentified database that the public could access and contribute;
Connecting NamUs with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in order to create more comprehensive missing persons and unidentified remains databases and streamlining the reporting process for local law enforcement;
Expanding current law by requiring missing children be reported to NamUs (they already must be reported to NCIC);
Creating an incentive grants program to help states, local law enforcement, and medical examiners and coroners report missing persons and unidentified remains to NCIC, NamUs, and the National DNA Index System (NDIS); and
Calling on the DOJ to issue guidelines and best practices on handling missing persons and unidentified remains cases in order to empower law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners to help find the missing