NamUs Receives Critical Enhancements

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that critical enhancements have been made to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).


Using feedback from stakeholders across the nation, NIJ and the University of North Texas Health Science Center have worked to provide several major updates to NamUs.

Updates include streamlined user registration, enhanced case search and matching, improved access to cases and tools from one central dashboard, and increased security.

In addition to the search database application, the suite of no-cost NamUs resources include technology, forensic and analytical services, investigative support, and local, regional, and online training programs.

Law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, investigators, forensic professionals, tribal governments, non-profit and public-sector organizations, and members of the general public can use the system to connect the dots on missing and unidentified people.

You can register to enter a case or access any of the free resources available through NamUs here.

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