Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit
Through the Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit, the California Department of Justice assists law enforcement agencies throughout the state in finding missing persons.
The Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit maintains statewide files containing the dental records, photographs and physical characteristics of missing and unidentified persons.
Staff assist law enforcement agencies in locating missing persons and identifying unknown live and deceased persons through the comparison of physical characteristics, fingerprints, and dental/body X-rays. (See Sections 14200-14213 of the California Penal Code.)
The Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit in the department's Division of California Justice Information Services, consists of the following three components:
The section also is involved with the Missing Persons DNA Database and emergency alert systems, such as AMBER Alert.