Experts gather in Las Vegas: Missing person cases


The Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference was held at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas from April 25th to April 27th. U.S. law enforcement agencies, as well as experts from Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, and Australia, took part in the missing person summit.

The National Criminal Justice Training Center organized the conference which brought together tools and resources to locate missing people.  Entities that offer DNA, software services, and forensics were at the event. It was designed to be educational. And to highlight information sharing tools, clearinghouses, and organizations like NamUs, The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Nevada Child Seekers.

Experts use social media as a tool to spread the word that someone has “disappeared.” The best scenario is that the missing person is found alive. And sometimes, like in the case of Gaby Petito and Brian Laundrie, bodies are located.

Missing Children

 Detective John Witherspoon, who works out of Montgomery County, Maryland explains the challenges of locating missing children.