If you have not yet contacted law enforcement officials to assist in locating a missing adult, please do so immediately. For additional assistance, visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) website. NamUs is a clearinghouse for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. This free online system can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials, and the general public to solve these cases. To enter a missing persons report into the NamUs database, visit the registration page.
Additionally, Ashanti Alerts provide for rapid dissemination of information about adults who have been reported missing along with suspect information in cases of suspected abduction. Learn more about these Alerts on the National Ashanti Alert Network section of the Bureau of Justice Assistance website.
The number of missing or unidentified persons is available in Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics, available on the National Crime Information Center section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation site.
See the following websites for additional information about efforts to locate missing and identify located individuals:
Data on family violence are available in the following Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports:
- Intimate Partner Violence publication series
- select tables in the Criminal Victimization publication series
- Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances
Visit the Family Violence Special Feature for additional information and resources.
Missing and exploited children statistics are available in resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others. Visit the Statistics section of our Missing Children Special Feature for access to these resources.
For additional information, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website.
Data on homicides cleared by arrest or exceptional means can be found in the Federal Bureau of Investigation annual Crime in the United States report. These annual reports also provide a definition of crimes cleared by exceptional means.
Information and data showing the prevalence of youth gangs are available in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) fact sheet In Focus: Youth Gangs, the report Highlights of the 2012 National Youth Gang Survey and the OJJDP-sponsored Guide to Assessing Your Community's Youth Gang Problem. The National Gang Center website also contains information and resources on the topic. For additional information, see our Gangs Special Feature.