In 1980, 18-year-old Michelle Busha left her home and never returned. But her remains weren’t identified for another three decades. Meet two women who didn’t know each other, yet spent years seeking answers in Michelle’s disappearance.
We created a new Web tool – using information from the NamUs database – in order to make it easier to match missing and unidentified people . Senior data editor Jennifer LaFleur explains how it works.
In 1969, a young woman was stabbed to death in Harlan, Kentucky, and buried without a name. Local authorities undertook an exhumation last November in hopes of identifying the victim known only as “Mountain Jane Doe.” But the results were surprising.
Law enforcement agencies have let solvable cold cases languish despite forensic science advances and a federal database that includes information on 10,000 people found deceased without an identity in the United States.
Families can wait for decades without knowing what happened to their missing loved ones. Taking these steps may improve the odds of finding them.
Looking for a missing person? Check out this FAQ on using our new database, The Lost & The Found.
For its investigation, Left for Dead, Reveal examined information collected from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, which contains more than 10,000 unidentified cases across the U.S.
Federal data tracks thousands of unsolved missing persons cases and unidentified bodies. Use our Web tool to search for potential matches.