Missing Persons And The Work Of Forensic Scientists In Identifying Human Remains

Sep 12, 2016

An estimated 40,000 sets of human remains that cannot be identified through conventional means are currently held in the evidence rooms of medical examiners throughout the country.
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There are approximately 80,000 to 90,000 individuals reported missing to the National Crime Information Center on any given day in the United States. And there are an estimated 40,000 sets of human remains that cannot be identified through conventional means held in the evidence rooms of medical examiners throughout the country.

Joining us to discuss missing persons and how forensic scientists and researchers identify human remains to help bring closure to families and loved ones are Forensic Anthropologist and Professor of Biology at Mount St. Joseph University, Dr. Elizabeth Murray; and Communications and Management Director for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), Todd Matthews.

Mount St. Joseph University is hosting the Tri-State Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness Day on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. Elizabeth Murray's book, Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and other Grave Matters, explains what happens to the body after death and the role of the medical examiner.

For more information on missing and unidentified persons, visit:

Cincinnati Police Department Missing Persons

UNT Center for Human Identification's Forensic Services Unit

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

NamUs Missing Persons Database

NamUs Unclaimed Persons Database

FBI Missing Persons