“The Dead Unknown” tells the story of Jane and John Does in America and the thousands of families left in the dark about their loved ones’ fate.
There are at least 10,000 unidentified bodies in morgues and cemeteries across the country. Bodies may remain unidentified for far too long because agencies are not required to share case information about missing people and Jane and John Does.
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.
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Based on the confessions of serial killer Larry Eyler, who died in prison in 1994, authorities believe he killed at least 22 people. As many as six of his victims remain unidentified today.
Deb Anderson started what would become a 14-year campaign to identify Blue Earth Jane Doe, an 18-year-old found slain in 1980. In this case, the murde
Boston authorities announced that they have succeeded in identifying a toddler found in a trash bag as Bella Bond. But many unidentified children never make national headlines. They are relegated to brief local crime reports.
For 12 years, Alice Almendarez agonized over the disappearance of her father, but local authorities had all they needed to know that he was nearby all along.
Known only as “Mountain Jane Doe,” her stabbed body was found in Harlan, Kentucky, and quickly buried in a local cemetery in 1969. Authorities ordered the exhumation of her remains more than four decades later, but things didn’t turn out the way they expected.
In this episode of Reveal, we crisscross the nation tracing Jane and John Doe cases, showing why so many bodies remain unidentified despite new and powerful forensic tools.
Out of the thousands of unidentified bodies scattered across the country, many are found in South Texas, where migrants are crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. We travel to border to find out what happens to these remains.