The Saddest Website Filled With Hope by Frank Graff
Sadly, and for as many reasons as there people, individuals go missing. Quite often, that disappearance ends in tragedy, however the fate of the missing person is unknown. The individual simply disappears. That leaves the missing person’s family and friends not only filled with grief but also wondering just what became of their loved one.
Fortunately, technology and the U.S. Department of Justice have stepped in to help families get answers.
The website is called NamUS; The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.It’s a national centralized database for missing and unidentified people who have died.The service is free. The information in the website can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials, as well as the general public.
The Missing Person Database has information that anyone can enter. However before it is posted as a case on NamusUS, the information is verified.
The Unidentified Persons Database contains information about people who have died and whose identity isn’t known.While the information is entered by a medical examiner or a coroner, anyone can search the database using characteristics such as sex, race, distinguishing body features such as a tattoo, and even medical and dental information.
Finally, the UnClaimed Persons Database lists information about deceased persons whose identity is known but no next of kin or other family member has been identified to claim the body for burial.Again, only medical examiners and coroners can enter information in this database, however the public can search through the data using a name and year of birth.
In addition to being a central repository for all of this information, the really helpful feature about NamUS is that when a new missing persons case is entered, the system automatically scans all of the databases for matches or similarities in a case. In addition, every entry includes a law enforcement contact person so a family member can get more information.
While it is sad to think that a system like this is needed, NamUS does provide a glimmer of hope to family members who are searching for answers about the fate of a loved one. Even if the answer they find is not what they were hoping, at least it is an answer.
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