All our Does are missing people
According to NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, over 600,000 individuals go missing in the United States every year. But for families who are missing a loved one, their person is the one that matters.
The DNA Doe Project works exclusively on cases of unidentified remains in partnership with law enforcement, so we never work directly on missing persons cases. However, all of our Does are missing people, and our work has shown us that many of them have family and friends who have been looking for them, sometimes for decades.
If you’re here, reading this, you’re likely considering the terrible possibility that your loved one is deceased and may be unidentified. There are some important steps below that you can take to make information about your missing person available to our researchers and everyone working to resolve cases of unidentified remains.
Report your loved one as missing
Provide dental records
Submission to NamUS
Provide more DNA
Leave breadcrumbs for researchers
Ancestry.com won’t display information about living people, so mark your missing relative “deceased” and add “Missing” in the Death date field.
If you are comfortable doing so, post the story and pictures of your missing loved one to your social media and make sure they are shared publicly, or create a page dedicated to your missing person.
When publishing family obituaries, make sure to include your missing family member’s name, ideally with the addition of (missing) to the text. Investigative genetic genealogists are often working with distant genetic matches to build family trees so they’re more likely to come across records for grandparents or great-grandparents whose obituary records provide important clues.