General Questions, discussions, briefings, newbies, etc.

Discussion in 'Unidentified "How To" & Reference Forum' started by Kimster, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    To be honest, I've been interested in the Unidentified forum for a couple of years, but had no idea where to start or what to do. And guess what? I found that other members of the Mod Squad felt the same way! If that's the case among the mods, I figure there's other members who want to help but don't know where to start. It can seem overwhelming at first.

    May I suggest reading the sticky threads and see if any of them help. If not, don't be discouraged! The more I jump in, the more the suggestions make sense to me. And if you make a comment and someone else rules out the idea, you'll have learned something to help save you time in the future.

    Where to begin?

    For me, I decided to start close to home and check out some of the UIDs in Oregon. For some reason, being familiar with the area they were found and being able to discuss them with people in my world brought it home for me. So start where you want to start. The main thing is to JOIN IN.

    And here's a thread for you to ask questions. Don't worry about them being stupid questions because I know I'll learn from whatever you guys want to discuss.

    The goal: Give someone their name back so they can go home. What could be more rewarding? :rose:
     
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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    Tip from Bessie:

    In the top left of the bar in the main forum it says "Thread/Thread Starter". If you click on "Thread", it will sort out all the cases by state.
     
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    Kimster Former Member

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    I've seen a couple of threads wondering if one ethnic group can be searched with another. This information from Carl was enlightening and worth copying here for reference:

     
  5. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    Here's a story I found on the internet today. It reminded me of how thankful I am for all those volunteering their time here, and at other sites like the Doe Network:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/media/news53.html
     
  6. Irish_Eyes

    Irish_Eyes Active Member

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    Super idea for a thread!!

    Everyone in the UID forum has been so nice - it's easy to ask questions.

    My best advice would be that if you have a potential match, post it and give other sleuthers the opportunity to comment on it before calling it in to LE. I know several times I've thought something looked good only to have someone point out a detail I had missed that made the match impossible....

    Like Kimster, sometimes I try to pick cases because I know something about the area.

    Sometimes I look for cases that we haven't discussed in more than 6 months....new cases are put in on NamUs everyday, so something that wasn't solveable 6 months ago could be today.

    Also, just a thought....look on NamUs and see if the county you live in is listing their cases there. If they're not, you might think about calling the ME's office or LE in your area and suggesting it. Believe it or not, there are a lot of departments that still don't know about it....so a lot of UID's are still not in there.
     
  7. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    Irish_Eyes Active Member

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    Of general interest here, I found a couple articles about NamUs to share:

    Cut and pasted from the 11/27 online edition of the Sacramento Bee:

    NIJ NamUs Team to Attend White House Reception – The National Institute of Justice's National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) team will attend a reception hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on November 30. The reception celebrates the 2011 awardees of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal ("Sammie"), honoring outstanding federal workers making high-impact contributions critical to the health, safety, and well-being of Americans. The team overseeing NamUs – the first free online database connecting families, law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners – was recognized in the "Justice and Law Enforcement" category for their commitment to resolving unidentified and missing persons cases since 2009.

    Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/25/4079349/office-of-justice-programs-weekly.html#ixzz1escafqze

    And from ABC News affiliate in Tampa:

    http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/ne...nsolved-mysteries-at-a-rate-like-never-before
     
  9. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    I've seen some concern over our fellow with the Spiderman beanie. We have temporarily moved the thread from view due to a request from family. He has been identified. The thread will return after they have some time to process the shock of his passing. :grouphug:
     
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    Kimster Former Member

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    This was a question I had as well, so I'm posting here since others who are new to this forum probably wonder the same.
     
  11. Irish_Eyes

    Irish_Eyes Active Member

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    Thanks for explaining. I too was wondering. It's rare for a thread to get closed down here in UID....but that makes sense. I'm so relieved that he has been identified. I'm sure they are in shock and pain, and they are certainly in my prayers.
     
  12. Irish_Eyes

    Irish_Eyes Active Member

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    Wondering, oh dear mods, about an idea I have.

    What is the possibility of getting together any questions we have about NamUs in a list and then possibly making contact with someone at NamUs for answers? Maybe no one else has questions, I don't know, but I do.

    For example, I ran across a case recently where looking at the dentals of an UID, half of them were listed as "N" and half were listed as "P" or postmortem loss. When dentals are run for comparison in NamUs and possible hits generated, is that going to generate a hit against someone who had all "N"'s??

    Also, sometimes I'm confused by the different choices for DNA...some say "sample submitted, tests complete," while some say "available and entered." or something to that effect. So is that to say the former is not entered in NamUs, and if not, is it just due to backlog and eventually it will be?

    Does NamUs ever run keyword search type matches? If someone enters that an MP has a tattoo of a butterfly on their shoulder, will that type of information ever generate an automatic hit on NamUs?

    Does an LE case manager have to check the system to see if there is a match flagged for their person? Or are they e-mailed a set of results every so often? Are the matches prioritized in any kind of way?

    I guess if anyone else here knows these answers, please chime in. Otherwise, there is a lot about this system that I'm kind of curious to know more about.
     
  13. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes. Going from MP to UID, if the MP has all "N"'s, he/she is a potential match for all UID's because the system doesn't assume that their dental characteristics have not changed since their last dental appointment.

    However, going from UID to MP, if a UID has all "N"'s, it will only generate a potential match against only those MP's who have all "N"'s, because a tooth with crowns, fillings, or is missing cannot revert to a natural unrestored tooth.

    It depends on the jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions do not utilize CODIS or the full NamUs functionality.

    I believe so.


    Yes. The MP case manager works through a list generated by the system. As they rule-out names on the list, the names are moved to the Rule-out list for that UID.
     
  14. ebbie

    ebbie New Member

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    The more I get involved in UIDs and NamUs the more I am learning that there are many glitches and discrepancies amongst the records probably from cases being input from different people. I don't mean to be cynical but some cases seem to be filled out like it was a required chore and somebody whipped through it doing a half-a@@ed job.

    I am starting to use an error margin and not rule anything out within that. Also I am learning to use as broad a set of search parameters as possible. And assume nothing....The system is only as intelligent as the people who made it....and maybe not even that smart!! What they could use is the equivalent of a library page....somebody to continually review records and keep them up to date.... make sure info. makes sense and is filled in as complete as possible.

    What does surprise me is that it isn't being used consistently across the country. I looked at WS list of MP/UID resources(links) per state and found in my own area, many cases I spotchecked weren't even in NamUs. So my big question is why no enforcement? If I'm a regular Joe and found NamUs why can't the professionals find and use it?
     
  15. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    When I talked to LE about Hampton Doe, they said they were getting ready to add her. They have a volunteer who helps them with cold cases. How often they are there to help, I don't know? I've been thinking about contact my local LE and see if they need a volunteer but then I wonder how in the world I'd have the time. I live quite far from the police station but perhaps they'd be good with me working from home?

    It would be great if a NamUS volunteer asked to be a professional poster for WS and give us all some tips. (hint hint)
     
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    Irish_Eyes Active Member

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    Wow. Thanks for sharing that, Carl. Very moving tribute someone made. I'm glad he's not unidentified any longer.
     
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    Irish_Eyes Active Member

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    Wasn't sure where to post this, but figured it may be useful.

    http://www.interpol.int/@en/Missing-Persons

    Interpol's searchable missing persons site. Pretty cool. Some of them may be voluntarily missing (i.e. international child abduction cases), and some of them have likely met with foul play outside of the U.S. Still, it seems there are some leads in here that may be worth pursuing. I'll throw one out:

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    ALVES, SERVIA LUCIA FARIA
    Present family name : ALVES
    Forname : SERVIA LUCIA FARIA
    Sex : Female
    Date of birth : 11/04/1961 (50 years old)
    Place of birth : BELO HORIZONTE, , Brazil
    Nationality : Brazil
    Father's family name & forname : ALVES JORDELINO
    Mother's family name & forname : ALVES OLINDA FARIA
    Height : 1.65 meter
    Weight : 55 Kg
    Colour of hair : Brown
    Colour of eyes : Brown
    Date of disappearance : 01/1992 When 30 years old
    Place of disappearance : WASHINGTON, United states

    NOTE: I did not find her case in NamUs.

    Also, perhaps useful in those cases where we already suspect the UID may be a foreigner (I'm thinking of the possibly Russian Girl in PA, the older lady in the VA cemetery, the LAX motel guy among others)
     
  18. Irish_Eyes

    Irish_Eyes Active Member

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    There's a new link on NamUs now, for the unclaimed that says "coming soon." FYI.
     
  19. PlainJaneDoe

    PlainJaneDoe Verified expert in neuroscience

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    https://claimus.org/ I think it is up and working now.

    I am a newbie to this area of WS. Like Kimster, I have been interested for a while, but I haven't joined in because I feel overwhelmed by the variables...ethnicity, age, last seen, dentals, date discovered, estimated date of death, etc.
     
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    Kimster Former Member

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    Thank you PJD! :hug: A new subforum has been created for the Unclaimed and Believe09 has been working hard to get it populated for us. :hug:
     
  21. Irish_Eyes

    Irish_Eyes Active Member

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    Is anyone here on Pinterest? I tried something that I think might work out kind of cool. Most people I know use the site to share decorating, recipe, or fashion ideas, but not me, hehehe.

    http://pinterest.com/missingpieces/missing-persons/

    This is the Pinterest page I made of missing persons. I just threw a couple up as an example and to test it out. This particular page of missing persons are all missing persons that were pregnant at the time of their disappearance (note to self: I probably should put the label "pregnant" on there somewhere.)

    Sometimes I am reading about an UID and a face pops into my head of a missing person I've seen somewhere...but I can't remember their name, or can't find where I wrote it down. I sit there going "Oh, wait, who was that man with the gap in his teeth?" or "Didn't I just read somewhere about a girl with a pin in her arm?"

    So I'm thinking of trying to test out different boards on Pinterest for different categories like that.

    I like how on Namus I can customize a search much more than on Doe. I like that Doe has the photo index, but they're not in any order. So I'm hoping if I can pin a bunch of pregnant missing person files on one page, for example, then when I come across an UID pregnant woman with a sketch or reconstruction I can have a way to take just a quick glance and see who might fit. Just one more tool to use to wade through all this info.

    NOTE: I only put up missing persons, not links to UID's and think for a site like Pinterest that is best. When you "pin" something anyone can see it and it comes up in searches of things people have pinned. I can imagine people may feel uncomfortable to see morgue pics, etc. there.

    Can someone please look and see if you can access this page without being a member and if it works as well for you as it does for me? I think if you click the photo of the missing person it should take you to their Doe or NamUs page. Any feedback/ideas appreciated too. Thanks!
     

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