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Researching Unidentified Person Cases

Researching Unidentified Person Cases

In 2005, the Bureau of Justice Statistics conducted a nationwide Survey of Medical Examiners and Coroners' Offices. One of the many statistics gathered in this survey was the number of unidentified persons that were received by these offices. This was the first time...

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How is Genealogy Used to Solve Cold Cases?

How is Genealogy Used to Solve Cold Cases?

Genealogy and citizen detective work have a huge overlap, both are focused on a mission to connect dots and find answers. Using the same skills to research beyond a family's history can also impart answers to an unsolved case—but where to start? Uncovered community...

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Five Types of Forensic Evidence

Five Types of Forensic Evidence

If you’re a family member, a friend of a victim, or following the progress of a case, the wait for a court date can be downright excruciating. That’s why it is important to understand the tedious, time-consuming process detectives face as they investigate and collect...

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Six Unsolved Cases That You Could Help Solve

Six Unsolved Cases That You Could Help Solve

In the United States, there are over 200K unsolved murder and missing persons cases. Here's a look at some of the cases that the Uncovered team and community have uploaded to our growing interactive database this week. Crowdsource gaps in public timelines, offer...

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Diagram of a Police Report

Diagram of a Police Report

A police report is an essential document that outlines critical information related to a report to law enforcement. This includes who was involved, the circumstances of the crime, time and date, and potential witnesses. And while usually associated with major crimes...

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These Unsolved Cases Need Your Attention | March 1, 2022

These Unsolved Cases Need Your Attention | March 1, 2022

There are more than 200K unsolved cases of the murdered and missing in the US. Here is a snapshot of cases added this week to our growing interactive database by the Uncovered team and community. Visit these case pages and help crowdsource gaps in the public...

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How Can Law Enforcement Work with Citizen Detectives

How Can Law Enforcement Work with Citizen Detectives

Throughout modern history, the public has always had a role in solving crime.  Typically, it is in the matter of providing testimony as a witness. Investigative detectives usually have a list of questions for those in the vicinity of the crime: “What did you see?”...

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What’s It Like to Have That Job: Cold Case Detective

What’s It Like to Have That Job: Cold Case Detective

As with most areas throughout the United States in 2021, Polk County, Fla., was dealing with a surge of deadly crimes. Murder rates were climbing to levels higher than in many of the previous years, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.   In one of those...

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What’s It Like to Have That Job: Medical Examiner

What’s It Like to Have That Job: Medical Examiner

When someone dies, there are many reasons why it may be necessary to examine the body to determine the manner (natural, accident, suicide, homicide, undetermined) and cause (physiological condition, illness, or injury) of death, usually requiring an autopsy to be...

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