Innovative Programs for Public Engagement


The Pennsylvania Unidentified Remains & Missing Persons Program (PA-MUHR) is a statewide program for Pennsylvania- at no cost to law enforcement, coroners, and medical examiners. Through this program, critical resources and technical assistance are available to bring long term cases up to current standards. Funding is provided through the Bureau of Justice Administration, MURH program. Our goal is to bring the missing home. 

Art of Forensics

Art, memory, and science come together to solve cases decades old. Through clay sculpture, digital drawings, illustrations, and photographs we tell the stories of unidentified missing persons and the dedicated teams of people who work cold case investigations. 

Missing in FLorida Day

Missing in Florida Day is an event that is meant to provide resources to the families of missing persons and to spread awareness for missing persons cases in Florida. This event is free and open to the public. We strive to provide equal access to justice for all communities in Florida. Family members can file a new missing persons report, update biometrics, and submit DNA samples for genetic testing for new and existing cases at no cost. All missing persons reports will be entered into the system regardless of jurisdiction. Presentations from shareholders of this issue will also be given throughout the day. Certificates of participation for the symposium will be provided to those who are interested in continuing education hours.

Cold Case Initiative for Florida

There are more than 250,000 unsolved murders across the country. Well, at least since 1980 when anyone started counting. One in five victims are unknown. Before the police can even begin to catch their killers, they need to know who the victims are. Outdated practices, loss of evidence, apathy, mismatched federal policies, and lack of resources create unsettling obstacles. Since 2010, IFAAS has worked with agencies around the county to bring long-term cases up to current standards and help find the missing. From Jane Doe grave excavations to skeletal analysis, and facial reconstructions, to isotope and DNA testing - the processes of both the historic and contemporary investigations are researched and investigated. This effort has helped resolve many recent cases to those that had remained untouched for 20, 30, 40+ years and demonstrate how scientific innovation is tipping the scale in favor of justice.

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