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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    Huge News from the Dept of Justice for our Cause!

    This is HUGE news for our cause!


    Initiative Will Include Database to Provide National Search and Match of Unidentified Human Remains with Records of Missing Persons

    WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice today announced the launch of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Initiative (NamUs) to provide the nation's medical examiners, coroners, victim advocates, law enforcement agencies and the general public with the ability to simultaneously search the records of missing persons and unidentified human remains in an effort to solve cases.

    "Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has emphasized the importance of providing families and law enforcement with the important information that is often critical to solving missing person and unidentified dead cases," said Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). "OJP is proud to lead in addressing this critical problem and fulfilling the request of the Attorney General to improve this nation's ability to identify the missing and put names to the unidentified dead."

    Developed by the National Institute of Justice; OJP's research, development, and evaluation component, NamUs provides a national database for unidentified remains for the use of medical examiners and coroners. Ultimately, NamUs will link records from the unidentified remains database with missing persons records through a search and matching tool. NamUs will also serve as a national repository for information on unidentified remains, and missing persons and the resources from around the country. It will be designed to facilitate the work of the diverse community of individuals and organizations who investigate missing and unidentified persons. The NamUs Web site is located at www.namus.gov.

    The vast majority of unidentified remains cases are currently inaccessible for law enforcement investigative purposes, and are not available to the general public. NamUs will provide an additional tool for law enforcement; and access for medical examiners, coroners, missing person clearinghouses, and the public to track and solve these cases.

    The creation of NamUs was motivated by an overwhelming need for a central reporting system for unidentified remains cases. Once complete, NamUs will provide access nationally to clearinghouse capabilities for reporting, locating and matching missing persons records to unidentified remains records. NamUs will use matching formulas that continuously search for similarities between missing person and unidentified person records. Individuals will be able to search the NamUs database using characteristics such as demographics, anthropologic assessments, dental information and distinct body features.

    The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking Office (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov.

    Be sure to check out the corresponding sites:


    This website was developed and is maintained as a public service project of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and The International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME). It is designed to assist in the identification of deceased persons whose names and identities have not yet been established. It includes cases from throughout the United States.


    Find-the-Missing.org is being designed to improve the quality and quantity of missing persons data and to simplify the reporting and management of missing persons cases for the justice community and the general public. Law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, and other members of the justice community as well as family members are able to log on to the database to enter data regarding missing persons. The system also provides access to a clearinghouse capability for missing persons that is available not only to law enforcement, but also to the general public.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    kelly.jolkowski(at sign)projectjason.org
    Forum for News and Information

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Finally! This should have been done years ago!

  3. #3
    Yipee, lets bring them all home!

  4. #4
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    Aug 2003

  5. #5
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    Jan 2004

    Justice Department to Hold Media Event to Demonstrate New Database for Matching Unidentified Remains and Missing Persons Information

    WASHINGTON , Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) will join nationally renowned medical examiners and other prominent speakers to exhibit a new national database for matching unidentified human remains with records of missing persons. The new National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs) database serves as a repository for information such as height, weight, tattoos, scars, and clothing, all of which, like DNA, can be vital to the identification of remains.

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2007 12:00- 3:00 P.M. EDT

    WHO: Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs

    David W. Hagy, Acting Principal Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

    Dr. Jan C. Garavaglia, Chief Medical Examiner, Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner's Office, Florida, Host of "Dr. G: Medical Examiner" on Discovery Health Channel

    Randy Hanzlick, Medical Examiner, Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, Atlanta, Georgia

    Debbie Culberson, Victim Advocate, Blanchester, Ohio

    WHAT: National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs) System,
    Bringing Hope to the Families of Missing and Unidentified Persons

    WHEN: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2007 12:00- 3:00 P.M. EDT

    WHERE: National Press Club -- Holeman Lounge 13th Floor 529 14th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.

    Additional information can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov.

  6. #6
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    May 2007
    Lake Charles, Louisiana
    This is so great!

  7. #7
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    Sep 2007
    This is wonderful news! Something like this should have been in place long before now. Untill just this year I had always assumed (like many people) that there was already something like this in place and had no idea of the staggering amount of missing people in this country and unidentified people.

  8. #8
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    Aug 2003
    great news!!
    Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.