Category Archives: NamUs

Crime scenes, field forensics, tools and training

Come see us at the IACP Conference in Chicago!

Stop by the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) booth (#2131) at the IACP exhibit hall:

  • Check out crime scene scenario and virtual reality crime scene training
  • Get the latest on digital evidence training
  • Learn about the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (
  • Get an inside look at body armor
  • Register to win an iPad from NFSTC!

NFSTC and colleagues from around the forensic science community look forward to sharing the latest ways to help your agency gain expertise and stretch your training dollars during these tight budget times. We’ll see you in Chicago!

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Tampa Bay Business Journal selects Billy Young, NamUs Sr. Coordinator, as an “Up & Comer”

Each year, the Tampa Bay Business Journal recognizes young professionals in the Bay area who are making notable contributions to their organizations and are poised for success. This year, we’re proud to announce that Billy Young, NFSTC’s NamUs Sr. Coordinator, was selected among professionals under 30 years old for this recognition.

In addition to playing a key role in the launch and success of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), Billy has been active in our Tampa Bay-area community as well. He and his wife, Ashley, have raised approximately $15,000 for the Pinellas County chapter of the March of Dimes. An event honoring the Up & Comers will be held Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at TPepin Hospitality Centre.

Way to go, Billy!

Congratulations also to Liz Yourkievitz, NFSTC’s Human Resource Services Manager, and Danny Nichols, NFSTC’s Technology Services Manager, who were also nominated. All three are stand-out professionals who have contributed greatly to the success of our organization and are very worthy of recognition.

NamUs Team honored with Service to America Medal

Charles Heurich, program manager and leader of the team for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (, has been named the winner of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) in the Justice and Law Enforcement category.  The awards were created 10 years ago by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service to recognize outstanding public servants who are making high-impact contributions to the health, safety and well-being of Americans.  Nine awards were presented at a gala on September 15th in Washington, D.C.

The NamUs team was honored for creating and launching the innovative, missing and unidentified persons database that allows all parties to share information and potentially solve cases nationwide.  NFSTC is proud to be part of the NamUs team and to serve law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners, and families of the missing as they tirelessly work so solve these heartbreaking cases.

To learn more about the Service to America Medals, please visit:

NFSTC congratulates all the winners and finalists for the 2011 awards and all public servants whose work contributes to the safety and well-being of all Americans.

Forensic science poster sessions at NIJ Conference

NFSTC is presenting four posters at the annual NIJ Conference in Arlington, VA this week. These presentations provide the latest findings and allow practitioners and researchers to share experiences and discuss the topic at hand. Posters include:

  • Rapid Case Resolution Through Innovative Collaboration: Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs program)
  • Assessment of commercially available DNA quantitation standards
  • A Comparison of Four Commercially Available Portable Raman Spectrometers
  • An Evaluation of a Field-Portable Near-Infrared Handheld for the Detection and Identification of Controlled Substances and Explosives

Poster presentations start Monday afternoon, 6/20, and posters will remain on display throughout the conference.  All posters are available for download from NFSTC’s online Scientific Posters and Presentations page.

NamUs representatives attend Missing in Michigan event

Rose Sacchetti, regional systems specialist for NamUs, assists a family with their missing persons case.

NamUs representatives attended the Missing in Michigan event at Ford Field in Detroit on May 7, 2011.  This first-time event, coordinated by Michigan State Police and other agencies, was a great success.   Approximately 500 people attended, including the families of more than 40 missing persons. Some cases were new, some older, but all received support and assistance for their case.

Families of the missing had a chance to add updated information to their loved ones’ cases by giving DNA family reference samples, adding photographs and other information.  All cases were entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System at

The event concluded with an emotional candlelight vigil ceremony to commemorate the missing, featuring a music video with photographs contributed by the families. 

See local coverage of this event: