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Forensic Resources

Forensic Services

NCMEC offers forensic services to law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners to find missing children, identify unknown deceased children, and develop leads on child abduction homicides. The Forensic Services Unit calls upon subject matter experts from a wide array of forensic disciplines to develop a comprehensive evidence strategy to ensure all possible forensic resources have been considered. A full case evidence review can be facilitated. The forensic professionals NCMEC collaborates with provide a limited number of free or reduced costs services and resources. NCMEC can facilitate the following forensic services:

  • Forensic Odontology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Fingerprint & latent print examinations
  • Entomology
  • Image & audio enhancement
  • Authenticity on various types of communications
  • Phenotyping
  • Forensic Genealogy
  • Whole Genome Sequencing & Microarray
  • Rapid DNA
  • M-VAC
  • Pollen & Soil Analysis
  • Chemical Isotope Analysis
  • Carbon-14 (Carbon Dating)

Please contact the Forensic Services Unit at for evidence reviews, testing, or more information.

Forensic Imaging

NCMEC's forensic artists specialize in creating age-progressed images of missing children and facial reconstructions for unidentified skeletal remains. 

Age-progressed images are critical tools in long-term missing child cases, as they help investigators and the public gain a sense of who they may be looking for today, versus what the child looked like at the time they went missing. NCMEC works closely with the searching family to gather family reference photos and other images that will help craft the most accurate age progression of the child. The forensic artists at NCMEC have created over 7,100 age-progressed images of missing children. 

Requests for facial reconstructions are submitted to NCMEC by law enforcement. NCMEC forensic artists create 2D facial reconstructions from unidentified child photographs. In cases where the child’s remains are available, 3D images of the skeletal remains are obtained through a CT scan at local laboratories, where 3D modeling software is utilized to sculpt and render the unidentified child’s face. Throughout each facial reconstruction process, NCMEC forensic artists consult with a variety of experts, including forensic anthropologists or genomic specialists, as they begin the process of recreating an image of what they child may have looked like in life.

Biometric Resources

NCMEC can facilitate biometric collection to help law enforcement and families find missing children and identify unknown deceased children. Biometrics can help confirm identity and develop a tip to the child’s location independent of other information through a hit in a national database. 

  • DNA: NCMEC can facilitate DNA collection from searching family members for entry into the national DNA database called CODIS (Combined DNA Index System).

  • Dentals: NCMEC staff can facilitate the collection of dental records and work with Forensic Odontologists through the Team Adam program for coding and upload into national missing and unidentified person databases that include NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Person System).

  • Fingerprints: NCMEC staff can facilitate the collection of fingerprint records and work with Fingerprint Examiners through the U.S. Secret Service for coding and upload into the national missing and unidentified person databases that include NGI (Next Generation Identification), NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Person System).


Please contact the Forensic Services Unit at for biometric assistance or more information. 


The following companies and organizations provide forensic services on NCMEC cases through the Forensic Services Unit.



Add logos for Bode Technology, DNA Labs International, Innovative Forensic Investigation, KinFinder, Astrea, Parabon Nanolabs, US Secret Service, US Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Othram 

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