Is there anything sadder than a loved one who disappears and is never heard from again? Parents who disappear, children who go missing as a result of being a runaway or a kidnapping of a non custodial parent? To never know what happened to someone in your life is tragic.
Currently, there are over 4,500 Missing Persons actively reported missing in the state of Michigan. Since 2011, the disappearances of 32 persons have been solved by the efforts of the MIM and ID the Missing Events, 22 Missing Persons were matched to Unidentified Remains cases in our state, 10 Missing Persons were found alive due to investigative efforts after the events. There are 276 Unidentified Remains cases unsolved in our state. Michigan is ranked third in the Nation for the amount of reported missing persons, only behind California and Texas. This event was created to recognize and provide support for families of Missing Persons in our state.
A recent Genesee county case was solved with the NAMUS database, the disappearance of PAULETTE JASTER, who went missing in 1979 from Davison, MI, she was matched to unidentified remains found in Houston, TX in 1980. She had been the victim of a hit-and-run pedestrian fatality and was not identified since she had no identification when she was struck.
A second event called “ID the MISSING was created to also assist families of Missing Persons from our state. The ID the Missing Events are held in addition to the annual MIM Event to supplement the need for additional DNA collection events. ID the Missing events are held at the county Medical Examiner’s Offices and included the submission of unidentified human remains DNA samples.
NAMUS-Is the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and can be found at www.namus.gov. It was established in 2005 by the National Institute of Justice and is a searchable web database created to assist in solving cases that involve missing persons and unidentified human remains.
All of the DNA is processed at the University of North Texas–Center for Human Identification Under a federal grant that provides the Family Reference Samples and Unidentified Human Remains samples to be uploaded into National CODIS (The Combined DNA Index System).
If you have someone in your life who has gone missing or if you have information, please attend this event. Pass the word.