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America’s Most Wanted: My Story

WASHINGTON – When an adult goes missing, the case often doesn’t get the same level of attention focused on missing children.

Now, “America’s Most Wanted” is starting something new to give families of those missing adults, help in their search.


America’s Most Wanted

America’s Most Wanted | My Story

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

About MyStory:
AMW gets hundreds of letters each month from viewers who are seeking justice. Often, AMW is their last hope and the letter they send us might be the most important they have ever written. Like each writer, every My Story is different. Yet they all share a common bond — the search for justice.


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Names, the missing matched on NamUs

National system open to families, investigators
By Jim Balloch

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, is the first national system designed to compare information about unidentified remains with missing persons cases.

Funded by the U.S. Justice Department, it is available, free of charge, to law enforcement and the public, at www.namus.gov.

“This has the potential to truly revolutionize the handling of cases of missing persons and unidentified remains,” said Todd Matthews, the Southeast regional director for NamUs. “It is a huge step forward for investigators, and it gives the families and friends of missing persons a chance to become part of the process of finding their loved one.”

Victims’ families, police agencies, medical examiners, coroners and the general public can search for possible matches between missing persons and unidentified decedents.

To keep ongoing investigations secure, part of NamUs is set aside for law enforcement access only, so investigators can post and share information or details they do not wish made public, Matthews said.

NamUs has two databases: One has information about unidentified bodies, entered from medical examiners and coroners. It can be searched using characteristics such as sex, race, tattoos or other distinct body features, and dental information. The other contains information on missing persons cases.

Law enforcement users will have the ability to automatically cross-reference the two databases, reducing the time it takes an investigator to search them. If a close match is found, the investigator can turn to forensic services to conduct further testing, such as a dental records check or a DNA test.

NamUs only began taking records in January and is still in the growing stages. While the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, will have around 100,000 missing persons cases listed as “active” at any given time, NamUs currently has 1,828 such cases, plus cases of 5,329 unidentified human bodies, according to Justice Department spokeswoman Sheila Jerusalem. But 43 states and 225 law enforcement agencies have started participating, and more are expected to enroll as they become aware of the program, she said.

The News Sentinel asked the Justice Department when and if current cases in the NCIC database would be added to the NamUs system, but that information was not provided in time for inclusion in this series.

To read the article, go to http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jul/19/names-the-missing-matched/

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Resources for Finding Missing Persons

Please read my guest post on the Subliminal Pixels blog entitled “Free Online Resources for Finding Missing Persons.” It is a first post in a series detailing how to use Social Media to raise awareness for charitable causes, specifically for raising awareness and finding missing persons.  In the coming posts I will go into much more specific detail on tips and techniques used to do this. Please follow the link to read the full post.


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Justice in Miami

Lilly Aramburo Missing Mother

Lilly Aramburo Missing Mother

Thank you for visiting Justice in Miami, currently it is under construction.

Our mission is to empower citizens affected by the loss of a missing person. This site will focus on advocacy efforts, resources, support and advice for using social media and the internet to raise awareness for your missing loved one.

Were you looking for Justice in Miami for missing South Florida mother, Lilly Aramburo? Click on the link to go to the blog.

Be sure to come back to visit us again in a few days! In the meantime, be sure to join us if you haven’t already:

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