~1 hour

Conduct internet research


Volunteer organizations may need help with internet research (news articles, obituaries, blogs, comments, relatives, etc.)  Ask your favorite organization how you can help.

Check NAMUS.gov


NAMUS can be searched by date range, gender, location, features (eye color, scars, tattooes, etc.) and other fields. Look for matches with unidentified bodies.

Listen to a podcast


Podcasts are a great way to get educated about missing persons and cold cases on a national or local level.

Check law enforcement websites


Many states and local law enforcement have websites discussing missing persons in the area.  Check the photos and descriptions - you might notice something!

Attend a presentation


Libraries and other organizations host events to discuss missing persons in the area.  Check your community calendar or the website of local organizations.

Play cards


More than 20 states have "cold case" playing cards that include missing persons.  Dozens of cases have been solved using these cards.

Check nonprofit websites


Most states have private websites/Facebook pages highlighting missing persons cases.  Also check the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Watch a TV show about a local disappearance


Check ID Channel, HLN, Oxygen, Dateline, Netflix, etc., for a TV show covering a local disappearance.



Websleuths is a forum credited with connecting many unidentified remains with missing persons.  Cases of all ages throughout the U.S. are updated regularly.

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/.  Consider starting a new thread.



Reddit has an active forum for discussing missing persons cases.  Read existing threads and consider adding a new one.  https://www.reddit.com/r/MissingPersons/

Walk your dog


Even untrained dogs may detect or call attention to a missing person or skeletal remains.  If you know where someone went missing and it's safe, take Fido for walkies.