Unidentified persons law should be kept by law enforcement
Posted on December 17, 2021
A Fayetteville woman missing since January has been identified after investigators matched her to unknown remains found two months ago.
I'm happy her family has found closure. Of course, an investigation is underway to determine what - or who - happened to her.
But I have a concern.
According to multiple news outlets, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said the remains were found nearly two months ago.
Again, I'm happy there has been resolution in this matter, but it seems a law was broken.
State law requires information on unidentified bodies to be added to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System within 30 days of discovery.
A similar situation exists in Rocky Mount where remains found on Sunset Avenue in April have yet to be added to NamUs.
Laws are created for a reason.
Under N.C.G.S. 143B, law enforcement must enter information into NamUs if a person has been missing for more than 30 days, or a person has been unidentified for more than 30 days.
This must include, if available, medical and dental records, and DNA.
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