Missing Person(s) Resource Page
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we have decided to cancel this year's Missing in Colorado event. We know that many of you were looking forward to this event, and for that, we sincerely apologize. Despite the cancellation of the event, we will still be providing some virtual resources on August 22nd. Please click here for more information about the virtual event. Additionally, please see below for a list of resources that may help you as you continue your search for your loved ones. Finally, please feel free to fill out the victim services webform below if you would like to share more information about your loved one or if you would like to be contacted by our victim assistance unit.
Please click on the links below for further information on each topic
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) : "The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation."
Team Hope with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children : "Team HOPE is a group of ordinary people who one day were forced to live every parent’s nightmare; we have all experienced the trauma of having a missing or exploited child. We know the pain, fear, frustration, and loneliness that comes with having a missing or sexually exploited child. With this knowledge and experience, we are dedicated to offering compassionate peer support, empathy, understanding, kindness, and friendship to families who are still searching, have recovered their children safely, have located their children deceased, and families with children who have been sexually exploited. We are here to provide hope and walk the journey with other families."
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) : "By bringing people, information, forensic science, and technoloy together, NamUs helps resolve missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases nationwide, while providing support to victims and their families."
Forensic Facial Reconstruction : "Facial Reconstructions, also called Facial Approximations, are drawings or sculptures completed by trained forensic artists. The forensic artist is called in by an investigating agency (either Law Enforcement or Coroner/Medical Examiner) when an unidentified deceased person's facial features are no longer recognizable due to decomposition or trauma."
Unidentified Persons: Please see the below list of Colorado's unidentified persons in 2020 (Warning: the below presentation can be triggering for some individuals)
Images from Prior Events : Please visit this page to see photos from prior missing person related events hosted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Age Progression Sketches: Please see the below resources for forensic art services in Colorado.
Colorado Coroners Association : "The Coroners Office is a statutory office, which is mandated to establish the cause and manner of death."
Families of Homicide Victims & Missing Persons (FOHVAMP) : "Since 2001 FOHVAMP has advocated for the families of cold case homicide victims and persons missing under suspicious circumstances in Colorado. By bringing together families and friends united by a common tragedy, FOHVAMP mentors these individuals seeking justice for their loved ones."
Crime Stoppers : "Crime Stoppers programs are operated as not-for-profit charities and are managed by a volunteer board of directors who take responsibility for fundraising and paying rewards to individuals who anonymously call with information that helps solve crime."
National Runaway Safeline : The National Runaway Safeline is the federally designated national runaway and homeless youth crisis hotline and online service in the United States. Visit the webiste for more information.
How to legally declare someone as deceased in Colorado?
Legal Presumption of Death - Excerpt from The Long Term Missing: Hope and Help for Families by Silvia Pettem (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)
Colorado Cold Case Database : "The Colorado Cold Case Database features unsolved homicides, missing person, and unidentified person cases to assist law enforcement agencies in the development of information, which can lead to the identification, and arrest of any person(s) who may have committed any crime described on this page. If you have information on any of the persons, or cases found on this page, you are encouraged to contact CBI or the investigating agency."
Family members and loved one's of missing persons - Please take a look at the Cold Case Database. If you would like to update any information that is posted about your loved one, or if you would like to add additional photos, please contact Audrey Simkins at 303-239-5764 or Audrey.Simkins@state.co.us.
Victim Assistance Webform : Please visit this form if you would like to share more information about your loved one or if you would like to be contacted by our victim assistance unit.
Please feel free to contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at 303-239-4211 if you have any further questions