Height/weight uncertainties

I’m never too sure about a missing person’s height and weight, since most people don’t know it for sure about themselves, never mind about other people. I think a lot of times the police go off of whatever’s on the person’s driver’s license, but it’s not like the BMV measures you; they go off by what you say, and people fudge that all the time.

This came to my mind today. I had a gentleman who was on my site already, and I decided to look him up and see if he’d ever been arrested. It turned out he had been, less than a year prior to his disappearance, and the arrest record gave his height as 5’9 and weight as 154 pounds. Which is a significant difference from what NamUs said; they had him listed as 6’2 and 189 pounds.

So which is correct? And how could anyone think a 6’2 guy is 5’9, or vice versa? In these cases I try to include a range obviously, but a five-inch range is quite a difference.

It’s something to think about when you’re trying to decide whether a particular MP might be a particular UID.

2 thoughts on “Height/weight uncertainties

  1. JustinChristoph January 19, 2019 / 7:04 pm

    When looking on NamUs or other missing/unidentified persons websites, I usually don’t automatically discount matching up a missing person with unidentified remains if they are within 5 inches of their reported height.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan January 20, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    I recommend you let NamUs know, then they can work with agencies involved and figure the correct height and weight. I sent them a message about a problem with the year of birth of a guy missing from Dubuque, Iowa. The police in Dubuque closed their investigation assuming he was deceased. So, I figured they might have some clout getting the police to verify his correct date of birth.

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