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First 72 Hours
The First 72 Hours

Contact Law Enforcement

Do not wait, contact law enforcement and request to file a missing person’s report immediately. 


Gather and Track Additional Information

Start thinking about potential leads such as where your loved one was last seen, if their vehicle is missing, etc. 


Preserve Important Evidence

Preserving places, conversations, and possessions can aid investigators in finding evidence that can lead to finding your loved one, and if necessary, aid in a criminal prosecution. 


Reach Out to Your Community

Connect with friends, family, co-workers, community members, and tribal officials. Share missing persons flyers and raising awareness about a disappearance activates your community and keeps people on the lookout. 


Adapted from National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center document "When a Loved One Goes Missing - A Quick Reference Guide for What to Do in the First 72 Hours" click here to learn more. 

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Collecting Records and Materials for Identification

When preparing materials for possible identification of a deceased loved one National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) says that DNA samples can be used from preserved toothbrushes or first-degree relatives. Learn more about DNA information and how it is used here: 

Collecting Records
Accessing and Submitting to MMIWR Databases

Many different databases exist for tracking MMIWR, each database is different in what they track and how to submit information. 

This extensive document has many useful tools. Pages 73-79 list databases across Canada and the United States by state/province, as well as some that are maintained by organizations rather than law enforcement. 

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On pages 46-47 this guide helps identify united states federal databases and how to have your loved one’s information added into the databases.

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This document lists few databases but has a good list of resources on pages 24-26.

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Systemic Change

Learn about awareness, prevention, and policy change to stop the epidemic of MMIWR in our communities. 

MMIWG2 & MMIP Organizing Toolkit

An extensive toolkit with many resources to help establish community led movements on MMIWR.

MMIP: Law Enforcement & Prevention (Doc 1)

MMIP: Legal, Prosecution, Advocacy, & Healthcare (Doc 2)

Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice journals on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and the intersections with United States of America federal law. 

Website: Data & Research on MMIP

Department of Justice “Operation Lady Justice” webpage with resources on current available resources on MMIP data and research. 

MMIWR Databases
Systemic Change
Grieving for Healing
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