How to upload images

Please follow this process when adding images.


Please categorize the images you upload. Below is a list of categories.


  • Sketches
  • Composites
  • 3D reconstructions
  • Digital 3D reconstructions
  • Digital reconstructions
  • Reconstructions by artist (click link for list of specific artists/organizations)
  • Postmortem-derivative reconstructions


  • Missing people from [State/Province or Country]
  • Formerly missing people from [State/Province or Country]
  • Age progression
  • Suspects
  • Unidentified photograph subjects
  • USBP images
  • Identified

Clothing/personal items

  • Clothing
  • Reconstructed clothing
  • Shoes
  • Belts
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Jackets
  • Undergarments
  • Hats
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Belt buckles
  • Labels
  • Jewelry
  • Rings
  • Earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Pendants
  • Watches
  • Personal items
  • Reconstructed personal items
  • Blankets
  • Suitcases


  • Postmortem images
  • Censored postmortem images
  • Tattoos
  • Reconstructed tattoos
  • Crime scenes
  • Scenes
  • Skulls
  • Teeth
  • Documents

Image policy

Anyone is welcome to add images to the wiki, but should acknowledge some guidelines before uploading.


To abide by copyright laws, be sure to include the copyright information for the images. Please copy and paste the appropriate license (included below) into the description portion of the upload form.

  • {{CopyUnk}} if you do not know if the image is copyrighted.
  • {{PD}} if the image is under the public domain (copyright free). Images created by police departments in California and Florida are under this license.
  • {{Fairuse}} if the image is known to be copyrighted (such as the work by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
  • {{Permission}} if the image is copyrighted but is permitted for use by the author. Artists such as Natalie Murray have graciously granted permission for their files to be used but require credit for their images.
  • {{Self}} if the image has been uploaded to the website by the author or photographer themselves.
  • {{From Wikimedia}} if the image was originally uploaded on Wikipedia or another Wikimedia project.

Be sure not to upload images that are prohibited to be used without permission, out of respect for the author.

Postmortem images

Postmortem photographs should not be posted directly to a page. If you choose to include a postmortem image, please use the following wikitext: [[File:PM.jpg|link=File:NAME OF POSTMORTEM IMAGE HERE.jpg|thumb|CAPTION HERE]].
Images that are graphic (depicting open eyes, bloodied or pained expressions should not be uploaded without censorship or retouching. If uploading a censored or retouched image, be sure to include in the image description that the file was retouched. Images of significantly decomposed bodies (excluding skeletons) are strictly prohibited.

After an individual has been identified, facial postmortem images will be removed from the website.

Original images

Users are allowed to create or enhance images but are required to include "reconstruction by amateur artist" if they are not certified forensic artists. Reconstructions of the deceased must be based on a postmortem photograph, skull or previous rendering.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.