Missing Persons Resources


​​​​​​Harrington Investigations coordinates and conducts Missing Persons Investigations originating in both Oregon and Washington State and is ready to assist you in locating the person you have reported missing. We will do our best to locate and bring them home, safely. If someone you know is missing and you are looking for help in finding them, please let us know...immediately. 

​In Washington State, the legal procedures for filing a missing persons report and the Law Enforcement Agency's duty to respond, are as follows:

 RCW 68.50.320 Procedures for investigating missing persons—Availability of files.

  • When a person reported missing has not been found within thirty days of the report, or at any time the investigating agency suspects criminal activity to be the basis of the victim being missing, the sheriff, chief of police, county coroner or county medical examiner, or other law enforcement authority initiating and conducting the investigation for the missing person shall: (1) File a missing person's report with the Washington state patrol missing and unidentified persons unit; (2) initiate the collection of DNA samples from the known missing person and their family members for nuclear and mitochondrial DNA testing along with the necessary consent forms; and (3) ask the missing person's family or next of kin to give written consent to contact the dentist or dentists of the missing person and request the person's dental records.
  • The missing person's dentist or dentists shall provide diagnostic quality copies of the missing person's dental records or original dental records to the sheriff, chief of police, county coroner or county medical examiner, or other law enforcement authority, when presented with the written consent from the missing person's family or next of kin or with a statement from the sheriff, chief of police, county coroner or county medical examiner, or other law enforcement authority that the missing person's family or next of kin could not be located in the exercise of due diligence or that the missing person's family or next of kin refuse to consent to the release of the missing person's dental records and there is reason to believe that the missing person's family or next of kin may have been involved in the missing person's disappearance.
  • As soon as possible after collecting the DNA samples, the sheriff, chief of police, or other law enforcement authority shall submit the DNA samples to the appropriate laboratory. Dental records shall be submitted as soon as possible to the Washington state patrol missing and unidentified persons unit.
  • The descriptive information from missing person's reports and dental data submitted to the Washington state patrol missing and unidentified persons unit shall be recorded and maintained by the Washington state patrol missing and unidentified persons unit in the applicable dedicated missing person's databases.
  • When a person reported missing has been found, the sheriff, chief of police, coroner or medical examiner, or other law enforcement authority shall report such information to the Washington state patrol.
  • The dental identification system shall maintain a file of information regarding persons reported to it as missing. The file shall contain the information referred to in this section and such other information as the Washington state patrol finds relevant to assist in the location of a missing person.
  • The files of the dental identification system shall, upon request, be made available to law enforcement agencies attempting to locate missing persons.

RCW 13.60 Missing Children Clearinghouse

13.60.010 - Missing children and endangered person clearinghouse—Hotline—Distribution of information—Amber alert plan, endangered missing person advisory plan, silver alert designation.

13.60.020 - Entry of information on missing children or endangered persons into missing person computer network—Access.

13.60.030 - Information and education regarding missing children—Plan.

13.60.040 - Children receiving services from department of social and health services—Reporting by the department—Notification of child's whereabouts.

13.60.050 - Endangered missing person advisory plan.

13.60.100 - Task force on missing and exploited children—Findings, intent.

13.60.110 - Task force on missing and exploited children—Establishment—Activities.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Missing Persons Locating

​Welcome to the Washington State Missing Persons website. Using this site, you can access actual missing-persons police reports filed by law enforcement agencies across the State of Washington. The data on this site is updated daily. Through this website, you can look up information on a reported missing person by searching our data base. This database contains both missing persons reports and reports of unidentified human remains. 

Washington State Missing Persons Resource Guide

​When a loved one is missing for an unexplained reason, it can be the most challenging, difficult and emotional time that anyone could endure. This experience is wrapped in feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, confusion, guilt and uncertainty of what to do and what to expect. This booklet provides the basic information to help explain some of the difficulties you may encounter.

WSP Missing & Unidentified Persons Unit (MUPU)

The Missing & Unidentified Persons Unit (MUPU) assists law enforcement agencies and parents in locating missing persons. The following services and resources are provided by the Washington State Patrol MUPU:

A toll-free, 24-hour number to report missing persons:

If you have reported a missing child and need assistance in locating the child, contact MUPU at 1-800-543-5678 or

Please Note – Local law enforcement must be notified before MUPU can become involved.

Poster distribution and/or research for law enforcement and family members of missing persons:

The Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit can assist with poster distribution or research to both law enforcement and family members of missing persons. If you would like our assistance please fill out the
Missing Persons Packet with as much information about the missing person as possible and email the form along with a digital photo of the missing person to MPU@wsp.wa.gov and a case manager will contact you for follow up.

Some of the additional resources available to assist you can be found through the following links:


The National Institute of Justice's National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public from all over the country in hopes of resolving these cases.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

As the nation's clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation - because every child deserves a safe childhood.

Black and Missing

​Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. (BAM FI) has been established as a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person's families and friends and to educate the minority community on personal safety. Founded in 2008 by a veteran law-enforcement official and public relations specialist, BAM FI will create public awareness campaigns for public safety and provide parents and loved ones of missing persons with a forum for spreading the word of their disappearance, with pictures and profiles of missing individuals. BAM FI will use a variety of media, including print, television, and the internet, to help locate missing persons of color for this severely underserved population.

The Doe Network: International Center for Unidentified & Missing Persons

The Doe Network is a 100% volunteer organization devoted to assisting investigating agencies in bringing closure to national and international cold cases concerning Missing & Unidentified Persons. It is our mission to give the nameless back their names and return the missing to their families.

We hope to accomplish this mission in three ways:

  1. By providing exposure to these cases on our web site.
  2. By providing credible potential matches between missing and unidentified persons to investigating agencies.
  3. By striving to get much needed and deserved media exposure to these cases.

We receive and accept tips regarding cases featured on our site. All relevant information will be forwarded to the proper investigating agencies. While Doe Network values your privacy, we will respond to court orders and/or requests made by investigating agencies in a timely manner regarding visitor information. We are not private detectives. Members within our organization work together, utilizing individual skillsets, to ensure the success of our mission.

US DOJ: The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child's and Parent's Perspective

Message From Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Family abduction is the most prevalent form of child abduction in the United States. Regardless of the abductor’s motive, it is an illegal act that has lasting consequences for the abducted child, the custodial parent, and the abducting family member. It is a crime in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia. Written with the help of six persons who have experienced family abduction, this publication features valuable insights from a firsthand perspective. It is designed to provide the searching family, law enforcement, and mental health professionals with strategies to build a comprehensive, child-centered approach to recovery and healing. Above all, this publication was prepared to support victims subjected to the crime of family abduction. The Department of Justice is committed to protecting children and families from harm. It is my hope that The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child’s and Parent’s Perspective will provide those impacted by this crime with the practical resources and support they need.

2016 NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics

As of December 31, 2016, NCIC contained 88,040 active missing person records. Juveniles under the age of 18 account for 33,706 (38.3%) of the records and 42,807 (48.6%) records when juveniles are defined as under 21 years of age.* During 2016, 647,435 missing person records were entered into NCIC, an increase of 1.9% from the 634,908 records entered in 2015. Missing Person records purged during the same period totaled 644,294. Reasons for these removals include: a law enforcement agency located the subject, the individual returned home, or the record had to be removed by the entering agency due to a determination that the record is invalid.

Project Jason

Project Jason is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, and was established on October 6, 2003. Our organization primarily focuses on case assessment, resources, and support for families of the missing. We are not an investigative agency, nor do we perform searches. We offer services we are trained to provide. Kelly Murphy, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski, handles all interactions with family members, and has over 100 hours of professional training in various aspects of missing persons, including emotional support, DNA sampling, support tools, databases and related matters, case management, media interaction, and more. All of our services are free. As a nonprofit organization, we depend on the generosity of the public to support us, so that we can continue this very important work. We ask that this support come from other members of the community, rather than the families of the missing.