Promising Practices in Missing and Unidentified Person Case Investigations

September 16, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

This presentation will discuss promising practices that are increasing missing and unidentified person case reporting and resolutions, to include a discussion of:

  • Federal databases utilized for missing and unidentified person case investigations
  • Statistics to provide a better understanding of the missing and unidentified person problem in the United States
  • Free forensic resources provided by NamUs, to include a discussion of enhancements in fingerprint search capabilities, sufficient DNA sampling for effective CODIS searching, and collaborations that have increased the ability to acquire biometric information for missing persons
  • Increased use of NamUs by tribal law enforcement and tribal communities
  • State legislation that has enhanced resources and law enforcement’s response to missing person reports across the country
  • New NamUs technology development projects, to include technology to support victim reporting, accounting, and identification during critical incidents
  • Victim services available through NamUs to better support families impacted by the death or disappearance of a loved one

This is the first of a two-part series. Click here for Part 2, NamUs Victim Services for Families with a Missing Loved One, on Nov 17.


B.J. Spamer is the Executive Director of Operations for NamUs’ UNT Health Science Center. BJ has served in a leadership capacity with NamUs at the UNT Health Science Center since 2011. In her current role, she performs strategic management for the NamUs program in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice and other senior leadership, develops grant applications and budgets, monitors and reports program performance metrics, serves as the Product Owner for NamUs 2.0 software development projects, and oversees all operational components of NamUs.  Ms. Spamer previously worked as an Intelligence Analyst with the Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and as a Forensic Case Manager for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.  She holds a B.S. in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), a B.A. in English from UMUC, and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from The George Washington University.