Hamilton County to hold 1st Missing Persons Day

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The City of Chattanooga will hold it’s first Missing Persons Day to help reconnect loved ones in Hamilton County.

The Tennessee Department of Health Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner is partnering with the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System, NamUs to host a series of Missing Persons Day events across the state.

The free event twill be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Hamilton County Courts Building from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The goal of these events is to help families reconnect with missing loved ones.

Missing Persons Day events are designed for family members and friends of people who have been missing for more than one month.

Participants have an opportunity to enter information about their missing loved ones in the NamUs system, provide DNA samples and connect with both law enforcement and other families. These events are provided at no cost to those who attend.

Participants in Missing Persons Day events are encouraged to bring photos of the missing person, X-rays, dental records, medical records or other identifying documents and police reports.

If possible, it is requested that two biologically-related family members of the missing person attend to provide DNA samples, which are taken as cheek swabs.

“We will have team members present at each of our Missing Persons Day events to assist families with entering information into NamUs about their loved ones,” said Medicolegal Death Investigator Fran Wheatley, BS, MA, F-ABMDI.

Law enforcement representatives will be on hand to answer questions about missing person cases, to check if a report is on file or to file a missing person’s report if necessary.

Categories: Hamilton County, Local News

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