NamUS Missing Persons System

Tonight I discovered the NamUS Missing Persons System site. It has over a thousand cases, but as I took a closer look I was very unimpressed. I did not, admittedly, look at every casefile. But from what I did see, NamUS doesn’t offer any cases or information that can’t be found elsewhere. Disturbingly, though the site is apparently funded by a federal grant and claims to verify everything they post, I saw several people listed as missing who were found months or years ago — in some cases before the NamUS website was made! Is that the best they can do? I don’t think I’ll be using NamUS in the future.


6 thoughts on “NamUS Missing Persons System

  1. Sara Elizabeth July 9, 2009 / 3:36 am

    You should look at the case files, is the most incredible gift the loved ones of the missing have ever been given. Our job is to make sure it gets used, I hope we can count you in on these efforts…

    Not only are they putting a reconstruction drawing out there they are explaining exactly the hardware and operation this man had before he died. Some surgeon somewhere will recognize his own work.

    NamUs isn’t just about stats, numbers, names ……… it tells a concrete story in those reports that can aid finding out who the person is!

    • Meaghan July 9, 2009 / 3:42 am

      I have since revised my opinion of the site and agree it’s a great tool — but it still has many missing person cases listed that were resolved long ago.

  2. Sara Huizenga May 21, 2011 / 12:12 am

    I completely disagree with you and continue to see you near view NamUs as some kind of competition to this website … it makes no sense …

  3. Sara Huizenga May 24, 2011 / 2:37 am

    Thank you for helping spread the word about NamUs – legislative efforts are currently underway to further strengthen and utilize the NamUs system through Billy’s Law, The Help Find the Missing Act … We finally have the opportunity to somewhat lessen the horror so many families with missing loved ones are forced to endure … let’s not let it pass us by – Help Pass Billy’s Law today!! ‎- Billy’s Law online petition –

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