Police in Los Angeles recently revealed that a publicly accessible government database helped identify a woman who was brutally killed in 1969.
Our goal with The Lost & The Found was to streamline the process of matching missing persons with the unidentified dead and create a tool could lead to more cases being solved.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy announced that he plans to introduce “Billy’s Law,” a bill that would provide $2.4 million in funding each year through at least 2020 for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Previous attempts to pass the legislation failed three times in Congress.
In an upcoming investigation, reporter G.W. Schulz examines cases of the unidentified dead – many of which have languished for decades – and reveals how the disorganization, neglect and indifference of state and local authorities contribute to the problem.