We’re using the power of collective impact to bring peace to families of murdered or missing people by combining data, technology, and the wisdom
of the community.
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.
There are many tools in the cold case toolbox and no one person knows how to use them all to their full potential. Thankfully, you don’t have to. You just need to have a collection of people that do.
— Gene Miller, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Investigator, High Priority Offender Unit,
National Best Practices for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit
While the podcast Serial may have ignited new interest in true crime in the last few years, people are switching from entertainment consumption to a passion for activism to help solve cold cases.
We’ve created a step-by-step guide to develop your unique abilities, test your knowledge, and even discover new talents. We need more Citizen Detectives to polish their skills to join us at Uncovered!
What you’ll learn with this guide
• Spark new insights for how you perceive information
• Understand key components to request public information
• Support further education and skill development
• Evaluate key processes for data collection
• Engage diverse methods in desktop research
The guide also comes with work space so you can map out your next case and prepare for the launch of Uncovered to combine publicly available information, with the ever-growing wisdom of the crowd, to do something that matters and find the intersection of justice, peace, and closure for families.
What 500 people have to say about true crime
We heard you when you said:
“I would definitely already be willing; I just wouldn’t know where to start!”
“Knowing my own potential to help and being armed with tools to help without disrupting ongoing investigation”
“Being able to identify clear opportunities to gather information that (I) was not looking into.”
“Feeling like I could make a meaningful contribution to it. Is there a path to get my research to someone who could affect the outcome?”
We took notice when:
89% of those surveyed said that they look for additional info on cases on more than one platform.
62% of people say they would take action by collaborating with others if they knew the victim.
On average, true crime and cold case info come from 4 to 5 sources with podcasts and documentaries leading.
Families Deserve Answers; Victims Deserve A Voice, And No One Should Be A Statistic.
Together We Can
Make A Difference
We’re combining publicly available information, with the ever-growing wisdom of the crowd, to do something that matters and find the intersection of justice, peace, and closure for families. Stay up-to-date with the latest case details.
Unsolved Missing Persons Cases
People go missing every single day all over the the United States. Many of these missing people are found within a short period of time, however we cannot ignore those missing persons cases which remain unsolved for years, or even decades. You may ask yourself, how many missing persons are in the USA in 2020? The Federal Bureau of Investigation answers this question in a recently released data report, claiming that in 2020 alone, over 540,000 people went missing in the United States. The report also adds that more than 340,000 of those people who went missing in 2020 were juveniles. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) provides the general public with a database containing every single missing persons by state, with the basic information provided with each file. Their database also includes unidentified Jane and John Does who have been found all over the country, hoping that one day they will be identified.
Uncovered‘s cold case website has provided detailed visualizations of all relevant information for several missing persons cases, many of them can fall under the category of some of the strangest missing persons cases or a missing person with a mysterious disappearance. Some examples of a few of the missing people whose stories you can learn about on Uncovered’s website include the 1990 disappearance of Norine Higuchi Brown, the 2002 disappearance of Alexis Patterson, the 2006 disappearance of Brian Shaffer, the 1994 disappearance of Camille Dardanes Dotson, the 1999 disappearance of Theresa Davidson-Murphy, and the 2010 disappearance of Pauline Diaz, among several others. Unfortunately, none of these are chilling missing person cases solved, however we hope that with collective impact and the wisdom of the community, one day they will all be solved.
Missing Persons Cases 2020
Last year, there were over 540,000 missing persons cases in 2020, according to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) also reports that on average, more than 600,000 people go missing every single year. While a large amount of these mysterious disappearances are solved, a great amount of them remain missing for several years, or even decades.
If you would like to learn more about true missing persons stories, visit Uncovered‘s cold case website, where you can view comprehensive visualizations of several missing persons cases. Some of the most famous unsolved missing persons cases that have been included on the website include the 2011 disappearance of Lauren Spierer, the 2004 disappearance of Maura Murray, the 2004 disappearance of Brianna Maitland, and the 2013 disappearance of Bryce Laspisa.
Another type of missing person case you can easily find on the website include those who vanished and strange cases of unsolved disappearances or other mysterious disappearances in history, including the 2000 disappearance of Asha Degree, the 2006 disappearance of Jennifer Kesse, the 2009 disappearance of Nancy Moyer, the 2013 disappearance of Brandon Lawson, the 2017 disappearance of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner, and the 2006 disappearance of Brian Shaffer, among many others.
Chilling Missing Person Cases
As previously noted, of the over 540,000 people who went missing in 2020, there were over 340,000 missing children in 2020. Asmentioned, many of those missing person cases are found alive. Uncovered‘s cold case webpage has listed several of those missing persons cases who have both not been found, and those which ended in tragedy. Examples of missing person cases that ended in tragedy which you can found included on the website include the 1981 suspicious death of Kurt Sova, the 2019 murder of Kaysera Stops Pretty Places, the 2019 murder of Najah Ferrell, the 1985 suspected murder of Cassandra Rhines, and the 2004 suspicious death of Alonzo Brooks.
Another type of missing person case you can find on the Uncovered’s website are chilling missing person cases, or those with seemingly more questions than answers. Some examples of cases which fall into this category include the 1991 disappearance of Jody Fern Howard, the 2006 disappearance of Shawntell Monique Waites, the 1969 disappearance of Cynthia Constantine, the 2005 disappearance of Diane Francis, the 1990 disappearance of Paige Renkoski, the 2019 disappearance of Chance Englebert, and the 1949 disappearance of Ricky Jean Bryant. You can also frequently find more information about these cases, some of the craziest unsolved crimes, other chilling missing person cases on reddit.
Creepiest Missing Persons Cases
If you would like to look further into more specific types of missing persons cases such as the creepiest missing persons cases, recent strange disappearances, or haunting missing person cases, you can scroll through the growing list of missing persons cases on Uncovered’s website, where you can also find several mysterious or creepy unsolved murders.
Some of the more recent strange disappearances that have been covered in detail on the website include the 2016 disappearance of Freda Jane Knowshisgun, the 2019 disappearance of Chance Englebert, the 2018 disappearance of Terrence Woods Jr., the 2017 disappearance of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner, the 2018 disappearance of Khadijah Britton, the 2016 disappearance of Larissa Long Hill Hill, and the 2018 disappearance of Kristyn Richerson. Some examples of the various unsolved murders that you may not have heard about, which you can also find on the Uncovered‘s cold case website include the 1977 murder of Roberta Elam, the 2000 murder of Kimberly Morse, the 1997 murder of Georgia Lee Moses, the 1987 murder of Amy Diesman, the 2019 murder of Najah Ferrelll, and the 2001 murder of Michelle Howard.
Mysterious Missing Persons Cases Solved
Statistically, a large amount of mysterious missing persons cases are solved relatively quickly, although there are still a vast amount of mysterious disappearances remain unsolved for years, sometimes decades. With the help of podcasts, news reports, and even documentaries, such as the unsolved mysteries and disappearances which are shown on Unsolved Mysteries, a show which covers mysterious disappearances Netflix, many unsolved missing persons cases at least have a greater volume of media attention, therefore a larger amount of people who are aware of their cases and are actively looking for them.
For many, however, this is simply not the case. Several groups of people, including people of color, people who are LGBTQ+, and indigenous people often do not receive nearly as much attention when they go missing, when compared to those cases who receive massive amounts of media attention. One of our biggest goals at Uncovered is to bring awareness to these cases which do not receive the same amount of attention as others do. Some examples of creepy unsolved disappearances which you can find visualized on our website, which have not received much national media attention include the 2010 disappearance of Pauline Diaz, the 2014 disappearance of Relisha Rudd, the 2016 disappearance of Lashaya Nae Stine, the 2019 disappearance of Aubrey Dameron, the 2006 disappearance of Shawntell Monique Waites, the 1993 disappearance of Virginia Sue Pictou-Noyes, and the 2008 disappearance of Yasmin Acree, among several others.
You can also find a few examples of chilling unsolved mysteries and other creepy cases on Uncovered’s cold case website. A few examples of suspicious or mysterious death’s that you can find visualized in detail on the website include the 2009 suspicious death of Mitrice Richardson, the 1981 suspicious death of Kurt Sova, the 2015 mysterious death of Joseph Smedley, the 2018 suspicious death of Tamla Horsford, the 2004 suspicious death of Alonzo Brooks, and the 2017 mysterious death of Olivia Lone Bear.