12-3-16: NAMUS: Naming The Unidentified, Finding The Missing: An Interview With J. Todd Matthews

BIO: Todd Matthews is the Director of Case Management and Communications for NamUs. He  joined the NamUs management team in 2011 as the program transitioned to the UNT Health Science Center. In his current role, he manages the NamUs Regional System Administrator staff, oversees quality assurance and quality control of NamUs data, performs outreach and training, coordinates all NamUs print and broadcast media, and serves as the media spokesperson for NamUs.

Todd Matthews previously served as a NamUs Regional System Administrator and was a member of the NamUs Advisory Board for the development of the NamUs database and program. In those roles, he piloted efforts to coordinate data exchanges between NamUs and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. 

He has also served as the Media Director for two important volunteer programs related to missing and unidentified persons: The Doe Network and Project EDAN. He has worked as a blogger for Discovery ID and served as a consultant for Jerry Brukheimer on "The Forgotten" and Dick Wolf on "Lost & Found", two scripted series related to missing and unidentified persons


Link will go live Saturday 12-3–16 at 10 a.m. Pacific


NamUs: National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

University of North Texas Health Science Center's Center for Human Identification/Forensic Science Unit

Todd Matthews on UNT site:

Crime and Science Radio 2015 Interview With Todd Matthews

Billy's Law

The Dead Unknown: Part 1 Mountain Jane Doe (Reveal Films) 

The Dead Unknown: Part 2 The Exhumation

The Dead Unknown: Part 3 What Secrets Lie Beneath

The Dead Unknown: Part 4 She Always Had a Name

Mountain Jane Doe Identified 

NY legislators want unidentified dead in federal database, Daily Freeman (from the Associated Press) July 6, 2016 

"Who Killed Jane Doe #59? The Case of Reet Jurvetson - the fifth estate

Project EDAN

"Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The Nation’s Silent Mass Disaster," NIJ report by Nancy Ritter.

"Identifying Missing Persons and Unidentified Decedents" NIJ Website Law Enforcement topics

The Doe Network:

Black and Missing Foundatation

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

PBS Frontline's "Post Mortem" series map of death investigation in the U.S.

"Uniform Protocol to Address Unidentified Human Remains and Missing Persons," Marzena H. Mulawka, Ismail M. Sebetan, and Paul C. Stein, in The Journal of Forensic Identification, available through NCJRS

"Resolving Missing and Unidentified Person Cases Using Today’s Technologies," Dustin Driscoll, National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs) Analyst, in The Police Chief Magazine, May 2013

Unidentified remains: What's known about some of the nameless dead (database); Cleveland Plain Dealer August 8, 2016

How Kathy Thornton solved her sister’s 39-year-old murder case; Miami Herald, November 23, 2016

© Douglas Lyle 2015