Become an Uncovered Citizen Detective

Turn your interest in true crime into advocacy!

Since 1980, more than 200,000 cases of the murdered and missing have gone cold. We're using the power of collective impact to build the first interactive database to bring all case information into one location and empower the community to do thoughtful citizen detective work—join us!

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What You Get as a Community Member

  • Access to all cold case informationGain access to all cold case information. We're using the power of collective impact to bring peace to families of murdered or missing people.
  • View and participate in case discussionsParticipate in case discussions to gain more insight. As a growing community, we can teach and learn from others to expand our knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to follow casesFollow cases that spark your interest. Your interest in cases doesn't have to stop at observation, follow cases to gain more insight.
  • Notifications on case updatesBe the first to know when a case has been updated or a new case has been added. The best way to expand your skills is to be in the know.
  • Uncovered newsletterGet updates, news, and case information straight to your inbox every month. Our newsletter isn't just another email notification, it is a free resource to help you along your journey to advocacy.
Uncovered is the most useful innovative and collaborative research tool designed specifically for Citizen Detectives and true crime content creators.
Dana Poll, True Crime P.I.Community Member, podcaster
Joseph Smedley
Joseph SmedleySuspicious Death, 2015
Asha Degree
Asha DegreeMissing, 2000

Consider this

More than 200,000 unsolved cases have gone cold since 1980, and murder clearance rates continue to drop. With equity for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other underserved victims not prioritized in the true crime community—together we can do better.

Karen Bodine
Karen BodineMurdered, 2007
Libby Germand and Abby Williams
Libby German + Abby WilliamsMurdered, 2017

FAQs About Membership

Get Started With These Frequently Asked Questions

How does Uncovered membership work?

Becoming an Uncovered membership gives you access to a personal workspace to track and follow cases, and entry into a community for advocates, citizen detectives, and true crime enthusiasts. Here, you can connect with others, share and participate in case research, access tools and resources, and more—all in a safe and inclusive community dedicated to turning true crime interest into advocacy for the murdered and missing.

What plans does Uncovered offer?

As an Uncovered member, you have a choice of two memberships:

  • Community Member is a FREE membership that includes access to all cold case information, the ability to view and participate in case discussions, the power to follow cases and receive notifications on case updates, and the uncovered newsletter weekly in your inbox.
  • Citizen Detective membership includes everything at the Community Member level, with the added bonus of access to the private Uncovered research community, access to all tools and resources, first access to event registration, replays of all uncovered past events, and entry to expert AMAs and research office hours for $11 a month.
How do I upgrade my account?
To upgrade your FREE Community Member membership to the Citizen Detective level simply visit this page to easily upgrade your account.
Why does Uncovered cost money?

First, publicly available data on cold cases will always be free to access. This is true and will always be true. We'll never gate this content because the more people who see it, the better.

Second, when you buy a membership to Uncovered, you're supporting a Public Benefit Corporation and helping us pay for technology, salaries for our employees to do case research and build this technology. You're also helping us make partnerships with families, law enforcement, and Citizen Detectives who want to solve these cases.

However, if you want to be a part of what we're doing, but the cost is prohibitive, reach out and let us know. We don't want money to be a reason you don't work with us.

One thing we often hear from our users and partners when we talk about Uncovered is, “Why doesn't this exist already?” We agree! However, one of the biggest obstacles to gathering and visualizing all information about unsolved cases of the missing and murdered is funding. Building a community is serious work, and we want to ensure that everyone is invested.

We're here to find answers, and while some great work does happen on other platforms—it's also interrupted by family vacay pics, MLM offers, or a less than welcoming offer to interact unless you've been there from the jump. We don't believe this is a community for everyone, but for those interested in working alongside others committed to using their collective impact to make a difference in this space, welcome to Uncovered!

What is a Public Benefit Corporation?

Society's most challenging problems cannot be solved by the government and nonprofits alone, but as a Public Benefit Corporation, Uncovered ensures that our work is reflective of the community that we serve and our collective impact.

As a B Corp, we work toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose. This infusion in the true crime community will ensure we lead with empathy and build the best product and the most engaged community. To do this, we want to be able to recruit, maintain, and pay the best people and use groundbreaking technologies in this space.

By harnessing the power of business, as a B Corp Uncovered will use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for our employees, the community, and the environment. You can learn more here.