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These online training courses were created by RTI International and the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification's Forensic Services Unit, with funding from the National Institute of Justice (grant number 2007-DN-CX-K234 and 2009-DN-BX-K184).


Free Online Training Course

Investigative Strategies: Missing & Unidentified Persons

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This course covers a range of investigative strategies and considerations for handling missing and unidentified person cases. It is designed primarily for law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners charged with the investigation of missing and unidentified person cases. However it will also help family members of missing persons, victim advocates, and the general public gain a deeper understanding of the tools used in these investigations and the proper handling of sensitive information.

Upon completing this course, participants will understand:

  • How DNA, fingerprints and dental records can be used for proactive comparisons of missing and unidentified persons
  • How forensic anthropology can assist with identifications
  • The role of NCIC and NamUs in missing and unidentified investigations
  • The two federal fingerprint databases
  • Additional resources to assist with missing/unidentified investigations, including forensic art, public records database searches, and the volunteer community