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NamUS - General information and updates

Discussion in 'Community Outreach' started by Kimster, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    The National Institute of Justice's National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public from all over the country in hopes of resolving these cases.

    NamUs is comprised of three databases:

    • The Missing Persons Database contains information about missing persons that can be entered by anyone; however before it appears as a case on NamUs, the information is verified. NamUs provides a user with a variety of resources, including the ability to print missing persons posters and receive free biometric collection and testing assistance. Other resources include links to state clearinghouses, medical examiner and coroner offices, law enforcement agencies, victim assistance groups and pertinent legislation.
    • The Unidentified Persons Database contains information entered by medical examiners and coroners. Unidentified persons are people who have died and whose bodies have not been identified. Anyone can search this database using characteristics such as sex, race, distinct body features and even dental information.
    • The UnClaimed Persons Database contains information about deceased persons who have been identified by name, but for whom no next of kin or family member has been identified or located to claim the body for burial or other disposition. Only medical examiners and coroners may enter cases in the unclaimed persons database. However, the database is searchable by the public using a missing person's name and year of birth.
    When a new missing persons or unidentified decedent case is entered into NamUs, the system automatically performs cross-matching comparisons between the databases, searching for matches or similarities between cases.

    NamUs provides free DNA testing and other forensic services, such as anthropology and odontology assistance.

    NamUs' Missing Persons Database and Unidentified Persons Database are available in Spanish.

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    NamUs 2.0: Upgrades Are in the Works
    Throughout the coming year, the National Institute of Justice will be upgrading the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) to provide additional features and make it easier for everyone to use — from the input of new cases to searches across the databases.

    On this page, we’ll be updating the NamUs community on planned features and functions as well as release dates when they become available.

    The first of these new features under development that we want to announce is a new solution for reuniting families during critical incidents.

    Mass casualty, large-scale, or multi-state incidents – often called “critical incidents” – present unique challenges when it comes to finding the missing and reuniting families.

    September 11th, the Boston Marathon bombings, hurricanes, disease outbreaks, and transportation disasters are just a few of the tragic incidents that have occurred on a massive scale and at a very human cost.

    NamUs has taken up the call to help law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, emergency responders, and the public reunite families during critical incidents. We are currently developing technology to provide:

    • A centralized, secure data warehouse for victim accounting (missing, injured, deceased and unaccounted for victims).
    • Real-time victim data and situational awareness to help emergency officials guide the response.
    • An intuitive interface that ensures the right data is collected on the missing.
    • The ability for state emergency managers to collaborate and work with other states and federal resources seamlessly.
    • Ways for the public to self-report themselves safe.
    • Training materials and environments to promote preparedness.
    • Free and secure access for state, local and federal officials.
    For nearly a decade, the National Institute of Justice's NamUs has brought together and assisted families, law enforcement, forensic experts, coroners and medical examiners to help reunite families and find the missing. We’re excited to leverage that deep experience and relationships to help do the same during the chaos of critical incidents.

  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


    Dear NamUs Community,

    As part of our commitment to provide you with improved and more efficient NamUs services, we are pleased to inform you that our new upgraded NamUs system is ready for release. In partnership with the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ), we are currently scheduled to release “NamUs 2.0” on May 21, 2018. In addition to current functionality, NamUs 2.0 will provide you with new tools and an enhanced user experience, all in a highly secure environment.

    One week prior to launch, the current NamUs system (NamUs 1.0) will be READ ONLY during the transition to the new system. During this period, you will continue to have access to view and search case information in NamUs 1.0, however, new case entries and edits to existing NamUs 1.0 cases cannot be made.

    Once released, you can access the new NamUs 2.0 system from the existing www.NamUs.gov website using your current username and password, or new users may register for the first time.

    Using feedback from stakeholders across the country, NamUs 2.0 has been designed to provide:
    • Streamlined user registration with one login and password for all case types
    • Enhanced search capabilities, to include searching for multiple criteria in a single field
    • Enhanced user experience with access to all case types and tools from one dashboard
    • Enhanced case mapping
    • Updated case matching algorithms to increase the likelihood of resolutions
    • Protection of sensitive biometric and case information, while providing limited public view of case exclusions to mitigate reporting of duplicate tips/leads
    • Enhanced system performance and response speed while maintaining the highest level of security by moving the system to the OJP SecureCloud
    If you have any questions about NamUs 2.0 or the transition process, your Regional System Administrator/Program Specialist is available to help, or you may contact NamUs toll-free at 1-855-626-7600.

    Additional details will be sent in the following weeks.

    We sincerely thank you for your support and understanding throughout our transition to the new system!

    The NamUs 2.0 Development Team
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  4. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod


    NamUs will be READ ONLY from Wednesday, May 16, 2018 through Sunday, May 20, 2018 in order to transition to the new NamUs 2.0 database application. NamUs 2.0 includes significant upgrades, including streamlined user registration, enhanced searching and case mapping, updated case matching algorithms, enhanced user experience, and increased system performance while maintaining the highest level of security by moving the system to the Office of Justice Program’s SecureCloud.

    On Monday, May 21, 2018, users can access the new NamUs 2.0 system from www.NamUs.gov using their existing login credentials, or new users may register for the first time.

    If you require any assistance during this transition period, please contact your Regional System Administrator/Program Specialist or call NamUs toll-free at 1-855-626-7600.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Final Reminder of NamUs 2.0 Rollout

    Dear NamUs Community,

    This is a reminder that the NamUs database will be READ ONLY from Wednesday, May 12, 2018 through Sunday, May 20, 2018 to transition to NamUs 2.0. During this period, you will have access to view and search case information in NamUs, however, new case entries and edits to existing Namus cases cannot be made. If you require any assistance during this period, please contact your Regional System Administrator/Program Specialist or call NamUs toll-free at 1-855-626-7600.

    On May 21, 2018, you may access NamUs 2.0 from www.NamUs.gov using your existing username and password. Upon your first login, you will be required to activate your new NamUs 2.0 account and update your password to begin using the new system.
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  6. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    NamUs 2.0 is up...sign in with id/password then wait for email confirmation, follow link in email to reset password which must be 12 characters. :)
  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I've been examining the new software and I have to say, I love it!

    ETA: I can't find where they might list any new cases? If anyone else sees it, please link!
    Last edited: May 24, 2018
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  8. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Great question! I didn't know how to search for those before the upgrade though. During the upgrade they should have excluded the date last modified from their SQL query, IMO. Real user testing is always important. All of them are now defaulted to the upgrade date.
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I just saw that while looking for missing women in West Virginia! Yeah, there's still kinks. Hopefully their software engineer can continue to help them.
  10. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Is this what you are refencing? I can only access the recent tab if I'm logged in though.

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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I totally missed that. :thankyou: !!!
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  12. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

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    To see that EXCLUSIONS have been made you have to login, however their software isn't providing those for every case (see above).

    Next, prior to their recent upgrade emails were sent when there was a change made with a case. Has anyone received any email updates recently?
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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I haven't received any, but they limited me as to how many I could subscribe.
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  14. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    I've got 87 cases that I'm following; how many did you have when they set a limit?
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  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Twenty! But that was the old system. I need to update mine! Thanks for letting me know!
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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Does anyone know if or how you can see if they have a DNA profile complete? Or dentals? I'm not finding where that is listed with the new program.
  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I couldn't find it either.
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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

  19. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    I emailed my regional coordinator and received the following response;
    However, if you go to The Lost & The Found tool and view a case you'll still see if fingerprint, dental and dna details are available.

    Also, found this snippet from Reddit;


    (I wonder if this data has been removed from public view given the statement above.)
  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    They're going to be receiving a LOT more possible case matches. Ones that we could easily weed out if that info was presented to the public. We don't need details. Just a simple yes/no would suffice.

    Don't fix it if it ain't broke!
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2018
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