The first time we compiled this data in February of this year, we found 32 unidentified persons in Utah. There are 35 as of today’s report in July.
We share this to start a conversation about these unidentified persons, to serve researchers by saving time by providing our resources, and potentially we hope to resolve conflicts in the information listed between databases.
There’s something important to remember here – these numbers only account for the publicly reported unidentified persons.
Law Enforcement agencies are not required to report found human remains to the public. They are only required to report “cold cases” of unsolved missing persons and homicides, not unidentified remains, that are 3 years or older to the database – which may or may not be publicly accessible.
Read more about this in the Utah codes.