The government has a nationwide database that many don’t even know exists.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a website that is unlike any other, with it’s easy to use database, that anyone can use.
Many of the people in the database are listed by a scar or tattoo which is unique to the person. Some can be identified by what they had in their pocket or jewelry they were wearing.
No longer do you have to check with coroners, law enforcement or medical examiners because everything is in this central online repository.
The statistics are alarming. In 2007, there were about 4,400 sets of unidentified human remains that turn up in abandoned houses or parks and about 1,000 of those are still unidentified a year later.