About NamUs

Discussion in 'Welcome To Websleuths' started by murderinochick, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. murderinochick

    murderinochick New Member

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    Hey all!! A long time murderino, new to trying to websleuth!!

    Question on how sites like NamUs work...say there is a missing person and one of their identifiers is that she has a specific tattoo, we'll say a butterfly. Is there some kind of background algorithm that compares unidentified persons who also have a butterfly tattoo?
    Or is it just that the info is entered into the system and that's that?

    Also, once the person is identified or found, are they consistently updated off of the site? Just trying to avoid any tail chasing on something that has already been figured out, yano?

    Thank you muchly in advance!!

    -Anna
     


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    insearchoflight Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome!

    When a new person is entered into Namus, the system automatically performs cross-matching comparisons between the missing and unidentified. The system then continues to routinely make these comparisons searching for matches.

    The database has a page of excluded cases (missing persons who have been checked and ruled out as the unidentified person), you must be logged in to view this page. The database will update when there has been a match but it sometimes takes a while.

    Unfortunately many unidentified remains have not been entered into the system. The NIJ states that only about 15% of unidentified remains in the USA have been entered into the database.
     
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    murderinochick New Member

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    Oh okay, gotcha. Thank you so much!!!

    What a horribly sad statistic though... I mean I am sure it’s a ton of work, but still, sad :(
     
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    UncoolNegated Active Member

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    Also NamUs has a lot of data-entry errors. From people being 7'5" to incorrect dates, I've seen a lot. It helps to use NamUs in conjunction with other resources.
     
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    CCJD Well-Known Member

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    The Exclusions (Comparisons) that are viewable to registered users are only those that have been ruled out by biometric data, i.e. dentals, fingerprints and/or DNA. There may be, however, additional "rule outs" not viewable to us. There used to be the word "Exclusions" up by the Tools on the NamUs page (It's no longer there). Sometimes the number there was higher than the number of exclusions on the viewable lists. The additional, non-viewable exclusions are those rule-outs based on non-biometric data - height, weight, eye color, hair color, tats, etc. They may be conclusive rule-outs but not backed up by scientific fact. And because NamUs won't accept exclusion on anything but dental, DNA or prints, those rule-outs are not viewable to registered users. They are, however, viewable to NamUs personnel, LE, MedEx/Coroners - those with higher access than us.
     
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    Murderino!!!! Yessssss me too! Also new to this site. Have been exploring for network and namus in my down time. Would love to find people to tackle some cases together!
     

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