Currently, there is no law that says this information needs to be shared or requires law enforcement to enter what they have into the NamUS database, and I have to agree that it really should remain that way, and the family themselves should be putting the information into NamUS. One reason is because they know the information is in there immediately and they are not waiting around for an LEO to do it AND nobody knows your family member like you do. So, you can put in birth marks, tattoos, and even scars as identifiers.
The criteria to put in a missing person on NamUs is so wide there is nothing holding the general public back from entering in their missing family member. In fact, if you are not even related to the person, but know they are missing you can enter their information into NamUs. It is also turned out to be a wonderful tool for armchair detectives everywhere that have taken on the task of matching a John or Jane Doe.
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