This website contains pictures of deceased people that may be disturbing. Photos of unidentified deceased people have been blurred by default.
This data was collected from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System's website. It contains more than 10,000 active cases of unidentified individuals and more than 11,000 missing persons reports filed between 2007 and 2015. They include cases that date back to the early 1900s, as well as ones where the remains were discovered as recently as August. The NamUs data, which is reported by coroners and other authorities around the country, includes details such as sex, age, tattoos and other identifying characteristics.
To use the tool, search for cases using the options provided or by entering keywords into the box labeled "Search for a term." The search will apply to both missing and unidentified cases. To get more details about a particular case, click on the photo.
The year search is the year the unidentified body was found or the year the missing person was last seen.
Both sets of records include photos. In cases with multiple photos, you can click through them. Because the images of unidentified deceased individuals may be disturbing, we have blurred them. Uncheck the box labeled "Blur photos," if you would like to view the images.
If you want to report a comparison that you think might be a possible match, select the individuals from both sides and click "submit possible match."
The data will be updated daily. If you have technical issues with this tool or want to offer feedback, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If one of your loved ones is missing, check our FAQ for advice on what to do next.
Web development: Allison McCartney, Michael Corey and Julia Smith
Data analysis: Emmanuel Martinez
Reporting: G.W. Schulz
Copy editing: Sheela Kamath
Editor: Jennifer LaFleur
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