The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

The Director of Case Management from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs for short, joined me and host Jay Oliver live on WRCN 103.9 FM. Todd Matthews had an important message for family members that are missing loved ones: make sure you submit your DNA and other markers into NamUs.

The funding for free DNA submission for family members will be running out soon. This de-funding will jeopardize law enforcement’s ability to identify and close unidentified human remains cases. At a financial cost, DNA testing will still be available. However, that cost may be too prohibitive for some family members.

Submit the DNA Now

Todd pleaded with family members to contact UNT Center for Human Identification’s Forensic Services Unit. This Unit is where they will find all of the necessary paperwork in order to properly submit a DNA exemplar. Family members are encouraged to submit, photographs, dental records, X-Rays and other items that can help in the identification process.

The UNT Forensic Services Unit can also provide:

  • Facial reconstruction of unidentified decedents
  • Perform searches to locate next of kin
  • Training