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Thank you for using the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and for wanting to help bring resolution to those families who are still searching for their loved ones.
NamUs is only as strong as the cases within it and those who use it.
You can be active for the cause of missing and unidentified persons in a number of ways. The most important is this: If you have information about a missing or unidentified person, immediately report the information to the local law enforcement agency.
Do not put yourself in a potentially dangerous situation. Investigation of missing and unidentified persons should be left to the proper authorities. Putting yourself in a potentially hazardous situation can complicate matters further.
Be a Volunteer
NamUs is currently accepting volunteers for the forensic services section. If you are a Board Certified Anthropologist or a Board Certified Odontologist, and you would like to donate your time to assisting agencies that do not have access to such forensic services, contact us at: J.Todd.Matthews@unthsc.edu
There are currently no volunteer opportunities with NamUs for the general public.
Volunteer opportunities may be available with other well known organizations and groups that offer assistance to law enforcement.
Options for the general public include:
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was established in 1984. Its mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families and the professionals who serve them.
The Doe Network is a volunteer organization devoted to assisting law enforcement in solving cold cases concerning unexplained disappearances and unidentified victims from North America, Australia and Europe.
Project EDAN (Everyone Deserves A Name) is a site established for forensic artists that donate their time and work to make facial reconstructions for law enforcement agencies that do not have access to or funding for a qualified forensic artist.
For information about legislation pending in congress, visit: http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:h.r.03695: