This page summarizes major developments being processed with unidentified and missing individuals.
Please note: Cases taking place less than six months before the present day are automatically listed.
An identity thief murdered in Arkansas by her boyfriend in 1991. In early 2019, a forensic genealogist (not affiliated with the DNA Doe Project or Parabon) announced a match to potential family members. Those who responded were unable to recall the victim, yet described a familial resemblance.
A male presumed to have died accidentally near Clinton, Wisconsin in 1995. His case was taken by the DNA Doe Project, who announced his tentative identification after several months. Law enforcement has yet to comment on this.
A woman found beaten and drowned in Salina, Kansas in 1986. 33 years after her death, her dental records were found to be similar to that of Anna Neeft, last seen in Canada two years before the murder. DNA comparison is underway.
A male who committed suicide in a cave along the Appalachian Trail. His dental information was reported to have similarities with missing men from Florida and Illinois. Eventually, his unmarked burial location was rediscovered and exhumed for DNA.
A woman whose remains were found by railroad tracks near the now-defunct Fafnir Bearing Company in New Britain, Connecticut. She died of a gunshot wound to the head. In August 2019, it was announced that she may have significant ties to Puerto Rico.
A woman's severed leg, discovered in a river in Pennsylvania in May 2019. In September 2019, a man confessed to murdering Brenda Lee Jacobs in 2003, disposing of her remains in a similar fashion.
It should be noted that the unidentified woman is believed to have died six months before and Jacobs was murdered sixteen years prior.
In 1983, an individual, possibly a trans woman, was discovered in Half Moon Bay, California. The DNA Doe Project took the case in January 2019 and announced a tentative identification ten months later. Law enforcement has yet to confirm their statement.
Cayce McDaniel, 14, disappeared under suspicious circumstances in 1996. In October 2019, a suspect was charged with her murder.
Somerton Man was discovered in Australia in 1948. His body was exhumed in October of 2019 for DNA sampling purposes and comparison with a potential granddaughter of the decedent.
A female was discovered murdered by the side of a road in 1979 in Erienna Township, Illinois. In November 2019, extended relatives have been identified in Alabama through genealogy.
Kristin Smart was a young woman who disappeared from the Cal Poly campus in 1996. After developments in the case were reported on in late January, it was revealed that investigators had taken possession of two vehicles that are related to Kristin's disappearance.
A man whose decomposed remains were discovered near the Soo Line Railroad in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. On January 14, 2020, it was announced by the Kenosha County Medical Examiner's office that the decedent may have ties to the Catawba Nation of South Carolina, as well as possible relatives in Sonora, Mexico.
A male who was recovered from the Styx River in Seminole, Alabama in 2000. On January 30, it was announced that his body would be exhumed for further forensic testing and DNA analysis.
A female who was found murdered by Wilson Chouset in Westlake, California in 1980. On January 23, the DNA Doe Project announced that she potentially had ties to Southern Texas, Northern & Central Mexico, Northern New Mexico, Southern Colorado, Southern California or Guatemala. The DDP is seeking the public's help with narrowing down these locations.
A female who was found inside a vacant building in Torrance, California.
A female whose mummified body was discovered near US Route 60 in Apache Junction, Arizona in 1992. In February 2020, it was discovered that she may have ties to Virginia, Southwestern US, or Mexico, but most likely Virginia. She was also discovered to be Biracial (Black/Hispanic), disputing previous theories that she may have had White or Native American ancestry.
A female who was found murdered in Delano, California in 1980. It was revealed by the DNA Doe Project that she was of First Nations heritage and had ties to Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Montana. They are seeking the public's assistance with getting better familial matches.
A male whose partial remains were discovered at a business in Twinsburg, Ohio on February 18, 1982. On February 18, 2020, law enforcement announced that the decedent may have ancestral ties to Laurens County, South Carolina. The DNA Doe Project expanded on this and said that he may have ties to Spartanville County or Greenville County, South Carolina as well as Brooklyn, New York and Washington D.C.
A male whose partial remains were discovered near Kitt Peak, Arizona in 1976. In February 2020, it was announced that there were plans to exhume his remains for DNA profiling and comparison against missing persons.
A male who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Forestville, Maryland.
A male who was found in Brooklyn, New York.
A newborn girl who was found deceased inside the woman's bathroom in Memorial Park, Pasadena, California in March 2020.
An unidentified male struck by a vehicle on March 9, 2020, who died of his injuries on March 22.
A woman found in the Colorado River along the US-Mexico border. It is believed she is an undocumented migrant.
A male who was found floating in the River Thames in Windsor, England.
A female found inside an abandoned residence in Indianapolis, Indiana.
A male whose dismembered remains were found on a property in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The alias of of a man who passed away in London, England in late March of 2020, after running onto train tracks. He is believed to be from or near Canada.
A male whose partial remains were discovered in a desert in Arizona in April 2020. In February 2020, a Facebook post was shared asking for information regarding the whereabouts of a man who shared a similar name and appearance to the decedent.
A male who was discovered in a secured water retention basin in Phoenix, Arizona.
A female who was found in Moore Haven, Florida in 1981. In April 2020, it was announced that law enforcement was investigating a link between Jane Doe and Nikki Elkins, who ran away from home at the age of 16.
A decedent of undetermined sex discovered in Fort Meyers, Florida in 2019. It was announced that a potential identity, based on the resemblance to the reconstruction and skull was being investigated.
A male who was discovered in Lings Woodland, Northamptonshire, England.
A male who was found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after a suspected jump from a garage.
A male who was found on a beach in Galveston, Texas. Othram Inc. and Galveston law enforcement agencies are currently using forensic genealogy to identify him.
A female who was discovered in a shallow grave near Elgin, Oregon in 1978. In 2020, her case was taken on by a volunteer task force in efforts to identify her and in May 2020, reconstruction was released.
Two females discovered in 1992, linked by DNA to have been killed alongside Pamela McCall by the same offender. In May 2020, it was announced police had arrested a 59-year-old suspect from Iowa.
A female who was struck by a vehicle while walking westbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Jacksonville, Florida.
A young girl who was found murdered inside a backpack in Valle de Aragón, Estado de México.
A male who was found deceased in Ochopee, Florida in 2018. He is believed to be a transient and used various aliases, including "Mostly Harmless" and "Denim". In July 2020, it was announced that Othram Inc. was using forensic genealogy in order to establish his identity.
A man found in an open field in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in April 2020. His NamUs was removed in June or July 2020.
A woman who vanished under suspicious circumstances after leaving her parent's house in Collinsville, Indiana. On July 9, 2020, her ex-boyfriend was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Two teenagers who went missing from Welch, Oklahoma in 1999. In July 2020, it was announced that the suspect in their case had reached a plea deal with prosecutors and would help in the recovery of their remains.
A female who was discovered in a wooded area in Hudson, Michigan in 1967. In July 2020, it was announced that NCMEC and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office were exhuming the victim's body for DNA.