I found this press release about NamUs, saying it now numbers 15,000 cases. I found 5,743 missings; the press release says there are over 7,000. But I think some of them aren’t visible to people who aren’t registered users, and I never registered.
I think that within a year or two or three, the number of MPs on NamUs will be greater than the number on Charley. Charley covers cases at least six months old; NamUs covers all cases, even those a day or so old. With so many people working for them, NamUs can theoretically add an infinite number of cases per day; I can rarely add more than ten. So without a doubt, NamUs will eventually get bigger than Charley. Which is how it should be. It’s kind of embarrassing that one person from Ohio runs the largest MP database on the internet while the huge, well-funded federal government lags so far behind.
Charley’s always going to be more detailed than NamUs, though, in terms of telling the story behind each disappearance.