Every year, more than 600,000 people go missing in the United States, ranging from young children to older individuals. Not only that, but it is currently estimated that nearly 4,400 unidentified bodies are recovered each year. Roughly 25% remain unidentified after one year.

These databases are great to begin your research for information that currently exists or to explore movement made on a case.

The Charley Project

Profiles over 9,000 cold cases of missing children and adults from the United States. www.charleyproject.org


NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States. www.namus.gov

Black and Missing Foundation, Inc

Awareness of missing persons of color; provides vital resources and tools to missing persons’ families and friends and educates the minority community on personal safety. www.blackandmissinginc.com

DNA Doe Project

The DNA Doe Project is an exciting new initiative that uses genetic genealogy to identify John and Jane Does. www.dnadoeproject.org

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The clearinghouse reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization. www.missingkids.org

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database

A working database that logs cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people, from 1900 to the present. www.sovereign-bodies.org/mmiw-database

Trans Doe Task Force

A collective database of cold cases in which the subject may have been transgender or gender-variant. www.transdoetaskforce.org

Check out the Uncovered Citizen Detective guide to learn more about how to amp up your digital literacy around cold cases or other database resources



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