Tennessee is the third state in the nation to require police to enter all missing persons into a national database of the unidentified dead to improve the chances of matches between the two.
Left for Dead
Inside America’s coldest cases
Program to identify dead and missing across US put on hold
The largest lab that tests DNA for missing people and unidentified dead no longer will accept DNA samples from law enforcement agencies and crime laboratories across the country because of a nearly $1 million cut to its funding.
The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe
In this episode of Reveal, an exhumation of an unidentified woman decades after her stabbing death leads to a series of revelations about who she was and why she might have been killed.
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Kentucky authorities identify ‘Mountain Jane Doe’
After 47 years as little more than a local ghost story, Kentucky State Police announced that an unidentified murdered woman discovered near Harlan is Sonja Kaye Blair-Adams.
Haunting portraits of the unknown dead
Photographer Arne Svenson’s new book, “Unspeaking Likeness,” asks you to stare deep into the eyes of the unidentified dead.
47 years later, authorities close in on identity of Mountain Jane Doe
Nearly half a century after the saga of “Mountain Jane Doe” began, authorities in a small Kentucky mining town say they are one step closer to identif
A photo and public database help ID victim in 1969 cold case
Police in Los Angeles recently revealed that a publicly accessible government database helped identify a woman who was brutally killed in 1969.
Curl up with Reveal’s top #longreads from 2015
Check out five pieces of our best long-form writing from 2015, as selected by Reveal’s staff.
New Hampshire police still baffled by one of the nation’s most bizarre Jane Doe cases
Investigators in New Hampshire are promising that new information will soon be available in one of the nation’s strangest so-called Jane Doe cases. Hunters first found the remains of a woman and a girl stuffed in a barrel in Allenstown, New Hampshire, 30 years ago. It took another 15 years for authorities to discover that there was another barrel just 100 yards away containing the remains of two more young girls.
How we built our tool to help match the missing and unidentified
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.