Database Comparisons

Utah BCI

Utah BCI has three separate lists. One for Missing Persons, one for Unidentified Persons, and one for Cold Cases which includes unsolved homicides and missing persons. The totals as of today are:

Missing Persons – 86

Unidentified Persons – 16

Cold Case listed as ‘missing’ – 72

Cold Case listed as ‘unsolved homicide’ – 140

Two of the listed Unidentified are actually the same case but for some reason are listed separately and have different dates. We contacted the manager of the clearinghouse on 1/8/20 to notify of the possible error and it has not been corrected as of this post.

Many, but not all, of the people from the Missing Persons database are also listed in Cold Cases with the same information. One missing person is only on the Cold Case list (Verucchi) and not the Missing Persons.

One person listed as “unsolved homicide” in the Cold Case database is also listed in the Missing Persons (Yost). Her body has never been found but her husband was convicted of her murder.

The state-run database is the only version of these lists that is legally required. Even so, law enforcement only has to enter cases over 3-years-old as well as any unsolved homicides – regardless of case age. With the inconsistencies listed here, plus spelling errors and lack of updating often (at least 5 cases have been found/solved), this is the database that we rely on as little as possible.

NamUs

The NamUs database has a total of 107 missing persons out of Utah.

There are also 31 listed cases of unidentified remains.

We found that many of the missing persons under 18 who are listed on NCMEC are not often found here on NamUs.

After speaking with our NamUs contact, we know that there is no legal requirement for cases to be entered into NamUs at all in Utah. In some other states, there are laws. For our Utah cases, they are only entered by our local law enforcement if they choose to – we gave them several names to add and they were unable to do so because we aren’t law enforcement.

This is one of the best databases to find identifying details as well as the agency responsible for the investigation.

NCMEC

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has a total of 27 missing persons aged 18 and younger from the state of Utah. There are zero listed cases of an unidentified child in Utah.

This list is updated almost daily and these minors are where we see the most recent missing cases. As is the case with NamUs, there is no legal obligation to list a person on NCMEC in Utah.

They also list active AMBER alerts on their website. As of this posting, there are no active alerts out of Utah. This is the best database specifically focused on missing/unidentified children aged 18 and younger.

The Charley Project

This database lists 91 missing persons with connections to Utah.

This database is the one we’ve consistently found accurate birthdates and case information on. Cases are updated every few years or so and they usually have the largest collection of photographs besides NamUs.

One of the problems we’ve come across in this database is spelling errors in names. There are at least 4 of those missing Utahns whose names are spelled incorrectly and make it look like a completely different name.

A bigger problem here though – updates don’t occur when a person has been found. There are 3 names as of this posting who have been found (Berry, Humes, Rollins).

The Doe Network

This non-profit lists 38 missing persons from Utah.

They also list 8 unidentified remains found in Utah.

As far as we are aware, updates on The Doe Network happen very rarely. This is why these numbers are so much different from the other databases. However, for the cases they do list, there is a huge amount of information.

Our Database at TNTM

We have taken every single one of these cases on these databases, merged the individual files, and kept track of who is on which database. Our numbers as of this post are:

Unidentified Remains – 31

Missing Persons – 151

Unsolved Homicides – 157

It has been difficult to consolidate and transfer all of the information into one reference, but we’ve done it. We keep it updated and scan through cases at least weekly. We’ve spent dozens of hours working out problems like the spelling of names, duplicate cases listed, different birthdates listed, and whether they have already been found or not.

Our Unidentified Remains database is complete and shown on our website here. We look forward to next month when our Missing Persons and Unsolved Homicides lists will be posted as well.

Thank you for all of your support. If you think NamUs or NCMEC entries should be legally required – contact your local representative today and support legislation that would implement it. The BCI database requirements only began in May of 2019, and we hope to see more legislation in the future.

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