When human remains are found that are believed to belong to a child, NCMEC can assist law enforcement and medical examiners in the effort to give that child back their name. This process includes assisting in the collection and dissemination of DNA, dentals, fingerprints, and other unique identifiers to help determine the identities of these children. NCMEC’s forensic artists also create facial reconstructions of what the child might have looked like in life in hopes that someone will recognize him or her.
To view facial reconstructions and read information on the cases that NCMEC is working on, visit the Help ID Me Facebook page.
This map shows cases of long-term missing and unidentified children across the US. Click on the map to view more information, search cases by location, date, and to view posters of these children. You may hold the key to giving a child back his or her name!