Has a loved one in your life gone missing? I’ve followed a lot of missing persons cases, and sometimes it’s difficult for families to know where to turn when a loved one seemingly vanishes. Below are some resources I’ve gathered to help steer you in the right direction. Click on the title of the organization to go to their website.
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public from all over the country in hopes of resolving these cases. You can also submit your missing loved one to this database.
Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children.
Project Jason is an organization that primarily focuses on case assessment, resources, and support for families of the missing. Kelly Murphy, mother of missing Jason Jolkowski, handles all interactions with family members, and has over 100 hours of professional training in various aspects of missing persons, including emotional support, understanding of DNA, support tools, databases and related matters, case management, media interaction, and more. All of their services are free. You can check out their blog, Voice4TheMissing, which offers some great articles regarding how to deal when a loved one goes missing.
The sole purpose of Forever Searching is to raise awareness to missing children and adults, on a global basis. Forever Searching offers support to the families of a missing person by assisting in creating email campaigns, networking with other like-minded groups and organizations, uploading videos of the missing person, creating flyers, press releases, etc to help raise awareness.
Offering a wide range of free services, CUE has since helped more than 9,000 families in what is often the most confusing and desperate times of their lives. In addition to providing services for the missing and their families, CUE offers college internships and youth mentoring programs. CUE is entirely donation funded and staffed by volunteers.
The National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is Canada’s national centre that assists law enforcement, medical examiners and chief coroners with missing persons and unidentified remains investigations across the country.
The UK Missing Persons Bureau acts as the national and international point of contact for all missing person and unidentified body investigations. They provide support and advice to police forces in order to resolve cases and act as a hub for the exchange of info and expertise in this area. They also maintain the national database of missing and unidentified records.
I’ve been a huge fan of Texas EquuSearch for quite some time now. They conduct searches nation and worldwide, and currently have approximately 600+ volunteers. Their resources include horse and rider teams, foot searchers, ATVs, and water searches using boats, divers and sonar equipment. They can also perform air searches using planes, helicopters and small drone airplanes with highly sophisticated cameras. Texas EquuSearch has more resources than most law enforcement agencies, which allows law enforcement to conduct their investigation, while Texas EquuSearch conducts organized searches.
Know of any other resources that I missed? Please contact me and I’ll add them.