Use of national database aids police, provides closure for families
A plan by state Rep. Tommy Brann enabling Michigan law enforcement officials to share missing person information on a national database officially took effect on July 4.
The database, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), gathers information from law enforcement officials, medical examiners and the public for cases involving unidentified, missing or unclaimed people. The database involves an online and social media component to aid in sharing information. It also compares cases and evidence for matches.
“I sincerely hope sharing information on this database can help reunite families or provide closure for others,” said Brann, of Wyoming. “Law enforcement officials will have added tools to find missing persons, and the social media aspect allows thousands of people across the nation to take part in solving the mystery regarding their missing son, daughter or parent.”
Although police already have access to a variety of crime information and missing persons services, NamUs takes the investigation to the next level by comparing case information for evidence.
Brann’s plan was approved unanimously by both the House and Senate and signed into law this spring.