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NCJ Number: 219533 Find in a Library
Title: Unidentified Human Remains in the United States, 1980-2004
Author(s): Kristen Hughes MPA
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Factsheet
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) fact sheet examines the number of unidentified persons reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Death Index (NDI) from 1980 to 2004.
Abstract: The report also looks at the number of unidentified human remains reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Unidentified Person File. It describes the characteristics by race and gender and the manner of death. Highlights include the following: 1) between 1980 and 2004, about 10,300 unidentified human remains were reported to the National Death Index (NDI); 2) almost three-quarters of unidentified persons were reported by 5 states; Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas; 3) of the 2,900 National Crime Information Center records that contained data on the manner of death, 27 percent were ruled homicides; 12 percent, accidental deaths; 7 percent, natural causes; and 5 percent, suicides; and 4) the majority of unidentified persons were white (70 percent); blacks made up 15 percent of unidentified persons; and race could not be determined in 13 percent of the cases.
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