When it comes to unsolved murders, connecting the dots for the FBI or any law enforcement agency is almost impossible; especially when the victim is unidentified. If your loved one was kidnapped, went missing or just never came home, you need to visit the FBI’s unidentified persons division The FBI is asking for your help in solving not only the mystery of who murdered them, but the mystery of who they are. Serial killers on the hand are counting on the fact that you will no longer be paying close attention years later.
Many years ago in cases such as the Green River killer, the case went cold simply because law enforcement agencies didn’t communicate. Thankfully, today law enforcement has the ability to share and collect information from all over the country. Now when the FBI comes across unidentified remains, they run their DNA through the FBI’S DNA Index System, in addition to running their fingerprints; but if your child never had a criminal record then chances are their DNA or fingerprints are not going to be able to help in identifying them. If you are a relative of a missing person, the FBI offers free DNA comparisons. For more information on how to obtain a missing person comparison request visit the FBI’s missing person request site.
While family members of missing persons never give up, serial killers are roaming free for years without notice, moving on from place to place wreaking havoc. They go after the vulnerable and have no problem making their victims disappear; but on a more hopeful note that your child is still alive you can never give up until every measure is exhausted. Keep in mind that when police find unidentified remains they need more relatives to come forward. This gives them the most critical information to help get their killer off the street.
Sadly serial killers do kidnap children and enslave them. Stay tuned for a recently solved FBI cold case involving a serial killer who kept a girl until she was old enough to publicly marry him. Again if you have a child who has been kidnapped it is time to take care of yourself and never give up hope. For resources to help you continue your search of your missing child, visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In this time you are going to need to be strong. You need to realize that you can’t change the past but you could drastically change your child’s future. For help on how to cope as well as resources on what to do if your child is kidnapped visit the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention