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Online database links missing, deceased persons cases

An online database links missing and deceased persons information to help solve open cases. (Source: Flickr creative commons) An online database links missing and deceased persons information to help solve open cases. (Source: Flickr creative commons)

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - An online search engine is helping locate and identify missing persons in Kentucky and all over the US.

NamUs stand for National Missing and Unidentified Person System. It's a resource center designed to link details from family members and friends of missing persons with information from medical examiners, law enforcement and the general public.

NamUs is comprised of three databases:

  • A Missing Persons Database contains information about missing persons that can be entered by anyone. 
  • An Unidentified Persons Database contains information entered by medical examiners and coroners.
  • An Unclaimed Persons Database contains information about deceased persons who have been identified by name, but for whom no next of kin or family member has been identified or located to claim the body for burial or other disposition. 

The system cross-matches information from the databases to find similarities in cases.

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“Anyone may search the database,” Kentucky State Police Lt. Michael Webb, commander of the agency’s Public Affairs Branch explained. "But by registering in the system at www.namus.gov, the general public will be able to add new missing persons cases as well as physical and circumstantial details, photographs, dental contacts and other critical pieces of information.” 

More than 600 people are currently missing in Kentucky, and about 85,000 nationwide.

In the past four months, more than 1,300 cases have been resolved with help from NamUs, according to Kentucky State Police.

There is no cost for NamUs and it is accessible for everyone.

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