Found Alive after Death

Lula Cora Hood left her family after a dispute in 1970. She had 4 children at the time, who were under her sisters care. When a skeleton was found in East Galesburg, Illinois on Sunday, May 5, 1996, they matched Hood’s height of 4’10”. Lula Hood was presumed dead. 15 years later, and 41 years since the disappearance, Lula was…

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The Oldest Active Missing Persons Case

Marvin Alvin Clark is the oldest active missing person case in the United States. He was born in 1852 and disappeared October 30, 1926, at age 69. Marvin vanished while on the way to visit his daughter in Portland, Oregon from Holbrook, less than 10 miles away. On October 30, 1926, Clark departed his home in Tigard to meet his…

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386 Missing Iowans, only 91 are in NamUs.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety reported 386 Iowans total missing. Of the 386 people missing, 227 of them went missing in 2019. The DPS identifies each incident type including juvenile, adult missing, disability — physical/mental, endangered/physical, familial abduction, involuntary disappearance and missing after a catastrophe. The youngest missing person was under a year old while the oldest would be…

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“Help Find The Missing” Laws Start With The State

In 2015 U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy proposed the federal “Help Find the Missing Act,” or “Billy’s Law,” in honor of missing Waterbury man William Smolinski Jr. He sought to create an organized system to match remains to missing people. It would of provided an incentive grants program for law enforcement and medical examiners to report information to NCIC, the U.S….

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Barrel of Bones

On November 5, 2017 a transient in Sun Valley, California was walking along a hillside when he found a barrel. The barrel appeared to have been burned. The same area had been engulfed in a fire only two months earlier. The person opened the barrel lid, revealing what appeared to be bones and called 911. The skeleton was noted to…

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NamUs training at Montana Reservations this November

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is offering four training sessions across Native American Reservations in Montana, this November. At the training session, a NamUs representative will teach people about the free-to-use tool, and about how to enter information about a missing person. Nov. 6: Blackfeet Community College, Browning, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., with lunch.    Nov….

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Palo Verde Desert Unidentified

November 1, 2009. The remains of an adult male, estimated to be over 60 years old and 6′ tall, were found in a remote Palo Verde desert. The unidentified person had been deceased for at least a couple months and was unrecognizable. On the body was a gray shirt, gray socks, and gray shorts over gray sweatpants. There’s was also…

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Who Was Robert Cessler?

A patient at St. Mary’s Hospice in Tucson, AZ for palliative care died October 21, 2010 after battling lung cancer. Preceding his death he gave the fake name “Robert Johnson” to social workers. Fingerprints matched to a record under the name Robert Cessler AKA Bobby Steve Redman. Date of Birth April 19, 1945 and 103-36-3195 , a New York SSN….

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