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Crime & Safety · Missing Persons Information Center

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 (see Help for Parents for more information).

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 and a case manager will contact you for follow up.

    Coordinating investigative resources:

    MUPU coordinates investigative resources with state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies.

    Washington State Alert Plans:

    MUPU maintains the alert plans that detail the voluntary cooperative systems in place to quickly disseminate crucial information to enhance the public's ability to assist in recovering missing children and adults, as well as apprehending person(s) suspected of killing or seriously injuring law enforcement officers.

    Database research and case analysis:

    We gather, review, analyze, compare and share information with other state, national, and international law enforcement agencies, including:

    • Coroners and Medical Examiners
    • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (see NCMEC)
    • National Crime Information Center (see NCIC)
    • Washington Crime Information Center (WACIC)

    DNA collection kits:

    Family Reference Sample Collection Kits are available to law enforcement agencies upon request from MUPU. The University of North Texas processes the samples free of charge to law enforcement. DNA samples must be collected by a law enforcement officer. Contact the WSP MUPU at 1-800-543-5678 for more information.

    Identification information:

    MUPU is a central repository for dental, DNA and human remains information regarding missing persons. The specialists are trained to analyze and interpret dental charting and radiographs. All dental information is submitted to the National Dental Imaging Repository (NDIR.) The NDIR is available to law enforcement, criminal justice employees, medical examiner, coroners and forensic dentist/anthropologists for comparison and with wanted and missing person records. Dr. Gary Bell, DDS, DABFO volunteers as advisor to the MUPU. He performs forensic odontology and codes all dental records with the assistance of forensic Odontologists throughout the Pacific Northwest.

    Public education:

    • The LOCATER system is used to electronically create and disseminate posters of missing persons.
    • They participate in safety fairs across the state to educate the public on child safety.
    • MUPU has numerous safety brochures regarding child safety, travel information, fingerprint cards and more. Requests can be made by calling 1-800-543-5678.

    Child safety training:

    MUPU provides training regarding child safety for law enforcement, service organizations, and the public.

    MUPU Contact Information

    • Mailing Address

      • Washington State Patrol
        Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit
        PO Box 42634
        Olympia, WA 98504
    • Phone and E-mail

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