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National Crime Information Center (NCIC)

National Crime Information Center
Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306
Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: (304) 625-2000

If you follow our Missing Persons blog or the Wednesday Missing persons show you will constantly hear me make mention of the "NCIC SYSTEM". I have had several people ask what the NCIC system is. The NCIC is a computerized index of criminal justice information (i.e.- criminal record history information, fugitives, stolen properties, missing persons). It is available to Federal, state, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

PURPOSE: The purpose for maintaining the NCIC system is to provide a computerized database for ready access by a criminal justice agency making an inquiry and for prompt disclosure of information in the system from other criminal justice agencies about crimes and criminals. This information assists authorized agencies in criminal justice and related law enforcement objectives, such as apprehending fugitives, locating missing persons, locating and returning stolen property, as well as in the protection of the law enforcement officers encountering the individuals described in the system.

ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: All records in NCIC are protected from unauthorized access through appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. These safeguards include restricting access to those with a need to know to perform their official duties, and using locks, alarm devices, passwords, and/or encrypting data communications.

USE CONSTRAINTS: Users of the NCIC system will be restricted to only those privileges necessary to perform an authorized task(s).

AGENCY PROGRAM: The FBI is authorized to acquire, collect, classify and preserve identification, criminal identification, crime, and other records and to exchange such information with authorized entities.

SOURCES OF DATA: Data contained in NCIC is provided by the FBI, federal, state, local and foreign criminal justice agencies, and authorized courts.

The most recent iteration of NCIC became operational on July 11, 1999 at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia. A recent hardware upgrade to the NCIC system is responsible for this significant improvement in performance.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

 A. Wanted Persons: 1. Individuals for whom Federal warrants are outstanding. 2. Individuals who have committed or have been identified with an offense which is classified as a felony or serious misdemeanor under the existing penal statutes of the jurisdiction originating the entry and for whom a felony or misdemeanor warrant has been issued with respect to the offense which was the basis of the entry. Probation and parole violators meeting the foregoing criteria. 3. A "Temporary Felony Want" may be entered when a law enforcement agency has need to take prompt action to establish a "want" entry for the apprehension of a person who has committed or the officer has reasonable grounds to believe has committed, a felony and who may seek refuge by fleeing across jurisdictional boundaries and circumstances preclude the immediate procurement of a felony warrant. A "Temporary Felony Want" shall be specifically identified as such and subject to verification and support by a proper warrant within 48 hours following the entry of a temporary want. The agency originating the "Temporary Felony Want" shall be responsible for subsequent verification or re- entry of a permanent want. 4. Juveniles who have been adjudicated delinquent and who have escaped or absconded from custody, even though no arrest warrants were issued. Juveniles who have been charged with the commission of a delinquent act that would be a crime if committed by an adult, and who have fled from the state where the act was committed. 5. Individuals who have committed or have been identified with an offense committed in a foreign country, which would be a felony if committed in the United States, and for whom a warrant of arrest is outstanding and for which act an extradition treaty exists between the United States and that country. 6. Individuals who have committed or have been identified with an offense committed in Canada and for whom a Canada-Wide Warrant has been issued which meets the requirements of the Canada-U.S. Extradition Treaty, 18 U.S.C. 3184. B. Individuals who have been charged with serious and/or significant offenses: 1. Individuals who have been fingerprinted and whose criminal history record information has been obtained. 2. Violent Felons: Persons with three or more convictions for a violent felony or serious drug offense as defined by 18 U.S.C. Sec. 924(e). C. Missing Persons: 1. A person of any age who is missing and who is under proven physical/mental disability or is senile, thereby subjecting that person or others to personal and immediate danger. 2. A person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that the disappearance was not voluntary. 3. A person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that that person's physical safety may be in danger. 4. A person of any age who is missing after a catastrophe. 5. A person who is missing and declared unemancipated as defined by the laws of the person's state of residence and does not meet any of the entry criteria set forth in 1-4 above. D. Individuals designated by the U.S. Secret Service as posing a potential danger to the President and/or other authorized protectees. E. Members of Violent Criminal Gangs: Individuals about whom investigation has developed sufficient information to establish membership in a particular violent criminal gang by either: 1. Self admission at the time of arrest or incarceration, or 2. Any two of the following criteria: a. Identified as a gang member by a reliable informant; b. Identified as a gang member by an informant whose information has been corroborated; c. Frequents a gang's area, associates with known members, and/or affects gang dress, tattoos, or hand signals; d. Has been arrested multiple times with known gang members for offenses consistent with gang activity; or e. Self admission (other than at the time of arrest or incarceration). F. Members of Terrorist Organizations: Individuals about whom investigations has developed sufficient information to establish membership in a particular terrorist organization using the same criteria listed above in paragraph E, items 1 and 2 a-e, as they apply to members of terrorist organizations rather than members of violent criminal gangs. G. Unidentified Persons: 1. Any unidentified deceased person. 2. Any person who is living and unable to ascertain the person's identity (e.g., infant, amnesia victim). 3. Any unidentified catastrophe victim. 4. Body parts when a body has been dismembered. 

Categories of records in the system:

 A. Stolen Vehicle File: 1. Stolen vehicles. 2. Vehicles wanted in conjunction with felonies or serious misdemeanors. 3. Stolen vehicle parts including certificates of origin or title. B. Stolen License Plate File. C. Stolen Boat File. D. Stolen Gun File: 1. Stolen guns. 2. Recovered guns, when ownership of which has not been established. E. Stolen Article File. F. Securities File: 1. Serially numbered stolen, embezzled or counterfeited, securities. 2. "Securities" for present purposes of this file are currently (e.g., bills, bank notes) and those documents or certificates which generally are considered to be evidence of debt (e.g., bonds, debentures, notes) or ownership of property (e.g., common stock, preferred stock), and documents which represent subscription rights, warrants and which are of the types traded in the securities exchanges in the United States, except for commodities futures. Also, included are warehouse receipts, travelers checks and money orders. G. Wanted Person File: Described in "CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM. A. Wanted Persons, 1-4." H. Foreign Fugitive File: Identification data regarding persons who are fugitives from foreign countries, who are described in "

Categories of individuals covered by the system: A. Wanted Persons, 5 and 6." I. Interstate Identification Index File: A cooperative Federal-state program for the interstate exchange of criminal history record information for the purpose of facilitating the interstate exchange of such information among criminal justice agencies. Described in "

Categories of individuals covered by the system: B. 1." J. Identification records regarding persons enrolled in the United States Marshals Service Witness Security Program who have been charged with serious and/or significant offenses: Described in "CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS covered by the system: B." K. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) Violent Felon File: Described in "

Categories of individuals covered by the system: B. 2." L. Missing Person File: Described in "CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS covered by the system: C. Missing Persons." M. U.S. Secret Service Protective File: Described in "CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS covered by the system: D." N. Violent Criminal Gang File: A cooperative Federal-state program for the interstate exchange of criminal gang information. For the purpose of this file, a "gang" is defined as a group of three or more persons with a common interest, bond, or activity characterized by criminal or delinquent conduct. Described in "CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS covered by the system: E. Members of Violent Criminal Gangs." O. Terrorist File: A cooperative Federal-state program for the exchange of information about terrorist organizations and individuals. For the purposes of this file, "terrorism" is defined as activities that involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any state or would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or any state, which appear to be intended to: 1. Intimidate or coerce a civilian population, 2. Influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or 3. Affect the conduct of a government by crimes or kidnapping. Described in "

Categories of individuals covered by the system: F. Members of Terrorist Organizations." P. Unidentified Person File: Described in "CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS covered by the system: G. Unidentified Persons."

Authority for maintenance of the system: The system is established and maintained in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 534; Department of Justice Appropriation Act, 1973, Pub. L. 92-544, 86 Stat. 1115, Securities Acts Amendment of 1975, Pub. L. 94-29, 89 Stat. 97; and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 924 (e). Exec. Order No. 10450, 3 CFR (1974).

Purpose(s): The purpose for maintaining the NCIC system of record is to provide a computerized data base for ready access by a criminal justice agency making an inquiry and for prompt disclosure of information in the system from other criminal justice agencies about crimes and criminals. This information assists authorized agencies in criminal justice objectives, such as apprehending fugitives, locating missing persons, locating and returning stolen property, as well as in the protection of the law enforcement officers encountering the individuals described in the system.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses: Data in NCIC files is exchanged with and for the official use of authorized officials of the Federal Government, the States, cities, penal and other institutions, and certain foreign governments. The data is exchanged through NCIC lines to Federal criminal justice agencies, criminal justice agencies in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Possessions and U.S. Territories. Additionally, data contained in the various "want files," i.e., the stolen vehicle file, stolen license plate file, stolen gun file, stolen article file, wanted person file, securities file, boat file, and missing person data may be accessed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Criminal history data is disseminated to non-criminal justice agencies for use in connection with licensing for local/state employment or other uses, but only where such dissemination is authorized by Federal or state statutes and approved by the Attorney General of the United States.

Data in NCIC files, other than the information described in "Categories of records in the system: I, J, K, M, N, and O," is disseminated to (1) a nongovernmental agency subunit thereof which allocates a substantial part of its annual budget to the administration of criminal justice, whose regularly employed peace officers have full police powers pursuant to state law and have complied with the minimum employment standards of governmentally employed police officers as specified by state statute; (2) a noncriminal justice governmental department of motor vehicle or driver’s license registry established by a statute, which provides vehicles registration and driver record information to criminal justice agencies; (3) a governmental regional dispatch center, established by a state statute, resolution, ordinance or Executive order, which provides communications services to criminal justice agencies; and (4) the national Automobile Theft Bureau, a nongovernmental nonprofit agency which acts as a national clearinghouse for information on stolen vehicles and offers free assistance to law enforcement agencies concerning automobile thefts, identification and recovery of stolen vehicles.

Disclosures of information from this system, as described above, are for the purpose of providing information to authorized agencies to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives, the location of missing persons, the location and/or return of stolen property, or similar criminal justice objectives.

Information on missing children, missing adults who were reported missing while children, and unidentified living and deceased persons may be disclosed to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The NCMEC is a nongovernmental, nonprofit, federally funded corporation, serving as a national resource and technical assistance clearinghouse focusing on missing and exploited children. Information is disclosed to NCMEC to assist it in its efforts to provide technical assistance and education to parents and local governments regarding the problems of missing and exploited children, and to operate a nationwide missing children hotline to permit members of the public to telephone the Center from anywhere in the United States with information about a missing child.

In addition, information may be released to the news media and the public pursuant to 28 CFR 50.2, unless it is determined that release of the specific information in the context of a particular case would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

To a Member of Congress or staff acting upon the member’s behalf whom the member or staff requests the information on behalf of and at the request of the individual who is the subject of the record; and,

To the National Archives and Records Administration and the General Services Administration in records management inspections conducted under the authority of 44 U.S.C. Sec. Sec. 2904 and 2906.

System Maintenance Policies

Storage: Information maintained in the NCIC system is stored electronically for use in a computer environment.

Retrievability: On line access to data in NCIC is achieved by using the following search descriptors:

 A. Stolen Vehicle File: 1. Vehicle identification number; 2. Owner applied number; 3. License plate number; 4. NCIC number (unique number assigned by NCIC computer to each NCIC record.) B. Stolen License Plate File: 1. License plate number; 2. NCIC number. C. Stolen Boat File: 1. Registration document number; 2. Hull serial number; 3. Owner applied number; 4. NCIC number. D. Stolen Gun File: 1. Serial number of gun; 2. NCIC number. E. Stolen Article File: 1. Serial number of article; 2. Owner applied number; 3. NCIC number. F. Securities File: 1. Type, serial number, denomination of security, and issuer for other than U.S. Treasury issues and currency; 2. Type of security and name of owner of security; 3. Social Security number of owner of security (it is noted the requirements of the Privacy Act with regard to the solicitation of Social Security numbers have been brought to the attention of the members of the NCIC system); 4. NCIC number. G. Wanted Person File: 1. Name and one of the following numerical identifiers: a. Date of birth; b. FBI number (number assigned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to an arrest fingerprint record); c. Social Security number (it is noted the requirements of the Privacy Act with regard to the solicitation of Social Security numbers have been brought to the attention of the members of the NCIC system); d. Operator's license number (driver's number); e. Miscellaneous identifying number (military number or number assigned by Federal, state, or local authorities to an individual's record); f. Originating agency case number; 2. Vehicle or license plate known to be in the possession of the wanted person; 3. NCIC number. H. Foreign Fugitive File: See G, above. I. Interstate Identification Index File: 1. Name, sex, race, and date of birth; 2. FBI number; 3. State identification number; 4. Social Security number; 5. Miscellaneous identifying number. J. Witness Security Program File: See G, above. K. BATF Violent Felon File: See G, above. L. Missing Person File: See G, above, plus the age, sex, race, height and weight, eye and hair color of the missing person. M. U.S. Secret Service Protective File: See G, above. N. Violent Criminal Gang File: See G, above. O. Terrorist File: See G, above. P. Unidentified Person File: the age, sex, race, height and weight, eye and hair color of the unidentified person. 

Safeguards: Data stored in the NCIC is documented criminal justice agency information and access to that data is restricted to duly authorized criminal justice agencies. The following security measures are the minimum to be adopted by all criminal justice agencies having access to the NCIC.

Interstate Identification Index (III) File. These measures are designed to prevent unauthorized access to the system data and/or unauthorized use of data obtained from the computerized file.

1. Computer Center. a. The criminal justice agency computer site must have adequate physical security to protect against any unauthorized personnel gaining access to the computer equipment or to any of the stored data. b. Since personnel at these computer centers can have access to data stored in the system, they must be screened thoroughly under the authority and supervision of an NCIC control terminal agency. (This authority and supervision may be delegated to responsible criminal justice agency personnel in the case of a satellite computer center being serviced through a state control terminal agency.) This screening will also apply to non-criminal justice maintenance or technical personnel. c. All visitors to these computer centers must be accompanied by staff personnel at all times. d. Computers having access to the NCIC must have the proper computer instructions written and other built-in controls to prevent criminal history data from being accessible to any terminals other than authorized terminals. e. Computers having access to the NCIC must maintain a record of all transactions against the criminal history file in the same manner the NCIC computer logs all transactions. The NCIC identifies each specific agency entering or receiving information and maintains a record of those transactions. This transaction record must be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis to detect any possible misuse of criminal history data. f. Each State Control terminal shall build its data system around a central computer, through which each inquiry must pass for screening and verification. The configuration and operation of the center shall provide for the integrity of the data base.

2. Communications: a. Lines/channels being used to transmit criminal history information must be dedicated solely to criminal justice, i.e., there must be no terminals belonging to agencies outside the criminal justice system sharing these lines/channels. b. Physical security of the lines/channels must be protected to guard against clandestine devices being utilized to intercept or inject system traffic.

3. Terminal Devices Having Access to NCIC: a. All agencies having terminals on this system must be required to physically place these terminals in secure locations within the authorized agency. b. The agencies having terminals with access to criminal history must screen terminal operators and restrict access to the terminal to a minimum number of authorized employees. c. Copies of criminal history data obtained from terminal devices must be afforded security to prevent any unauthorized access to or use of the data. d. All remote terminals on NCIC III will maintain a manual or automated log of computerized criminal history inquiries with notations of individuals making requests for records for a minimum of one year.

Retention and disposal: Unless otherwise removed, records will be retained in files as follows:

 A. Vehicle File: a. Unrecovered stolen vehicle records (including snowmobile records) which do not contain vehicle identification numbers (VIN) or Owner-applied number (OAN) therein, will be purged from file 90 days after date of entry. Unrecovered stolen vehicle records (including snowmobile records) which contain VIN's or OANs will remain in file for the year of entry plus 4. b. Unrecovered vehicles wanted in conjunction with a felony will remain in file for 90 days after entry. In the event a longer retention period is desired, the vehicle must be reentered. c. Unrecovered stolen VIN plates, certificates of origin or title, and serially numbered stolen vehicle engines or transmissions will remain in file for the year of entry plus 4. (Job No. NC1-65-82-4, Part E. 13 h.(1)) B. License Plate File: Unrecovered stolen license plates will remain in file for one year after the end of the plate's expiration year as shown in the record. (Job No. NC1-65-82-4, Part E. 13 h.(2)) C. Boat File: Unrecovered stolen boat records, which contain a hull serial number of an OAN, will be retained in file for the balance of the year entered plus 4. Unrecovered stolen boat records which do not contain a hull serial number or an OAN will be purged from file 90 days after date of entry. (Job No. NC1-65-82-4, Part E. 13 h.(6)) D. Gun file: a. Unrecovered weapons will be retained in file for an indefinite period until action is taken by the originating agency to clear the record. b. Weapons entered in file as "recovered" weapons will remain in file for the balance of the year entered plus 2. (Job No. NC1-65-82-4, Part E. 13 h.(3)) E. Article File: Unrecovered stolen articles will be retained for the balance of the year entered plus one year. (Job No. NC1-65-82-4, Part E. 13 h.(4)) F. Securities File: Unrecovered stolen, embezzled or counterfeited securities will be retained for the balance of the year entered plus 4, except for travelers checks and money orders, which will be retained for the balance of the year entered plus 2. (Job No. NC1-65-82-4, Part E. 13 h.(5)) G. Wanted Person File: Person not located will remain in file indefinitely until action is taken by the originating agency to clear the record (except "Temporary Felony Wants", which will be automatically removed from the file after 48 hours). (Job No. NC1-65-87-114, Part E. 13 h.(7)) H. Foreign Fugitive File: Person not located will remain in file indefinitely until action is taken by the originating agency to clear the record. I. Interstate Identification Index File: When an individual reaches age of 80. (Job No. NC1-65-76-1) J. Witness Security Program File: Will remain in file until action is taken by the U.S. Marshals Service to clear or cancel the records. K. BATF Violent Felon File: Will remain in file until action is taken by the BATF to clear or cancel the records. L. Missing Persons File: Will remain in the file until the individual is located or action is taken by the originating agency to clear the record. (Job No. NC1-65-87-11, Part E 13h (8)) M. U.S. Secret Service Protective File: Will be retained until names are removed by the U.S. Secret Service. N. Violent Criminal Gang File: Records will be subject to mandatory purge if inactive for five years. O. Terrorist File: Records will be subject to mandatory purge if inactive for five years. P. Unidentified Person File: Will be retained for the remainder of the year of entry plus 9. 

System manager(s) and address: Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover Building, 10th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20535.

Notification procedure: Same as the above.

Record access procedures: It is noted the Attorney General has exempted this system from the access and contest procedures of the Privacy Act. However, the following alternative procedures are available to requester. The procedures by which computerized criminal history record information about an individual may be obtained by that individual are as follows:

If an individual has a criminal record supported by fingerprints and that record has been entered in the NCIC III file, criminal history record information, it is available to that individual for review, upon presentation of appropriate identification and in accordance with applicable State and Federal administrative and statutory regulations. Appropriate identification includes being fingerprinted for the purpose of insuring that the individual is who the individual purports to be. The record on file will then be verified through comparison of fingerprints.

Procedure: 1. All requests for review must be made by the subject of the record through a law enforcement agency which has access to the NCIC III File. That agency within statutory or regulatory limits can require additional identification to assist in securing a positive identification.

2. If the cooperative law enforcement agency can make an identification with fingerprints previously taken which are on file locally and if the FBI identification number of the individual’s record is available to that agency, it can make an on-line inquiry of NCIC to obtain the record on-line or, if it does not have suitable equipment to obtain an on-line response, obtain the record from Washington, DC by mail. The individual will then be afforded the opportunity to see that record.

3. Should the cooperating law enforcement agency not have the individual’s fingerprints on file locally, it is necessary for that agency to relate the prints to an existing record by having the identification prints compared with those already on file in the FBI or possibly in the State’s central identification agency.

Contesting record procedures: The Attorney General has exempted this system from the contest procedures of the Privacy Act. Under this alternative procedure described above under "Record Access Procedures," the subject of the requested record shall request the appropriate arresting agency, court, or correctional agency to initiate action necessary to correct any stated inaccuracy in subject’s record or provide the information needed to make the record complete.

Record source categories: Information contained in the NCIC system is obtained from local, state, Federal and international criminal justice agencies.

Systems exempted from certain provisions of the Privacy Act: The Attorney General has exempted this system from subsection (c) (3) and (4), (d), (e)(1) (2), and (3), (e)(4) (G), (H), (e)(5), (e)(8) and (g) of the Privacy Act pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2) and (k)(3). Rules have been promulgated in accordance with the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553 (b), (c) and (e) and have been published in the Federal Register.

NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics for 2014
Pursuant to Public Law 101-647, 104 Statute 4967, Crime Control Act of 1990Requirements

Table of Contents

NCIC Missing Person File
NCIC Missing Person File Report for 2014
NCIC Missing Person (Monthly Totals) 2014
NCIC Missing Person File Category/Age/Sex/Race 2014
NCIC Missing Person File – Yearly Totals and Percent Change
NCIC Missing and Unidentified Entry Comparison Chart

NCIC Missing Person File

The National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) Missing Person File was implemented in 1975. Records in the Missing Person File are retained indefinitely, until the individual is located, or the record is canceled by the entering agency. The Missing Person File contains records for individuals reported missing who:

  • have a proven physical or mental disability (Disability – EMD),
  • are missing under circumstances indicating that they may be in physical danger (Endangered – EME),
  • are missing after a catastrophe (Catastrophe Victim – EMV),
  • are missing under circumstances indicating their disappearance may not have been voluntary
  • (Involuntary – EMI),
  • are under the age of 21 and do not meet the above criteria (Juvenile – EMJ), or
  • are 21 and older and do not meet any of the above criteria but for whom there is a reasonable concern for their safety (Other – EMO).

As of December 31, 2014, NCIC contained 84,924 active missing person records. Juveniles under the age of 18 account for 33,677 (39.7 %) of the records and 43,289 (51.0 %) records when juveniles are defined as under 21 years of age.*

During 2014, 635,155 missing person records were entered into NCIC, an increase of 1.2% from the 627,911 records entered in 2013. Missing Person records cleared or canceled during the same period totaled 634,367. Reasons for these removals include: a law enforcement agency located the subject, the individual returned home, or the record had to be removed by the entering agency due to a determination that the record is invalid.

*This fulfills requirements as set forth in Public Law 101-647, 104 statute 4967, Crime Control Act of 1990 stating the Attorney General is to publish a statistical summary of reports of missing children. This act was modified April 7, 2003, by “Suzanne’s Law” that changed the age of mandatory missing person record entry from under 18 to under 21 years of age. [ref. 42 USC 5779(c)]

NCIC Missing Person File

The Missing Person Circumstances (MPC) field is optional and has been available since July 1999 when the NCIC 2000 upgrade became operational. Of the 635,155 records entered in 2014, the MPC field was utilized in 314,523 (49.5 %). When the MPC field was utilized in 2014 entries, 301,851 (96.0 %) were coded as Runaway, 2,249 (.7 %) as Abducted by Non-custodial Parent, 332 (.1 %) as Abducted by Stranger, and 10,091 (3.2 %) as Adult – Federally required entry. In 2013, the MPC field was utilized in 306,538 (48.8 %) of the 627,911 records.

Contact Information:

The Criminal Justice Information Services Division’s (CJIS) Special Identities Unit (SIU) NCIC Investigative and Operational Assistance Group (IOAG) distributed monthly NCIC extracts, the Missing Person Active/Expired Analysis and the Unidentified Person Active/Expired Analysis, to each CJIS System Officer and/or to the agency in the state that has been designated as a point of contact.

The SIU NCIC IOAG routinely responds to requests for nation-wide statistics from law enforcement agencies and the media concerning the NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Files for public release.

The monthly statistics are calculated to address the most frequently requested data. Archive statistics are available upon request.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the FBI’s SIU NCIC IOAG at 304-625-3000 or ioau@leo.gov.

NCIC Missing Person File Report for 2014

Missing Person

ACTIVE ENTRIES AS OF 01/01/2015 84,924
TOTAL FILE TRANSACTIONS 1,847,604
ENTRIES 635,155
REMOVED 634,367
LOCATES 50,819
MODIFIED 313,017
MODIFIED SUPPLEMENTAL 185,901
CANCELLED SUPPLEMENTAL 3,889
QUERIED MISSING PERSON FILE ONLY 24,382
QUERIED NCIC SYSTEM-WIDE BY NAME 2,814,095,452

ENTRIES – Records entered do not include supplemental record entry messages which are used to add specific identifiers, including dental data, to a Missing Person Record on file in NCIC.

REMOVED – Records removed are a total of the cancel, clear, and locate messages received by the NCIC computer. Excluded are counts of supplemental record cancellation messages which are used to remove specific identifiers, including dental data, from a Missing Person record.

LOCATES – Are transactions to remove entries when the subject has been found by an agency other than the entering agency.

NCIC Missing Person File Report for 2014

MODIFIES – Modifies include base record modification messages, supplemental record entry messages, and supplemental record cancellation messages. Counts of supplemental dental entry messages and supplemental dental cancellation messages are not available.

QUERIED MISSING PERSON FILE ONLY – Records queried are when agencies inquire on a record for information purposes.

In January 1987, clears and cancels were combined on the statistical report.

NCIC Missing Persons (Monthly Totals) 2014

EMJ EMJ EME EME EMI EMI EMD EMD EMV EMV EMO EMO TOTAL TOTAL
ENTRY CANCEL ENTRY CANCEL ENTRY CANCEL ENTRY CANCEL ENTRY CANCEL ENTRY CANCEL ENTRY CANCEL
JAN 33,905 35,215 3,519 3,569 1,465 1,535 2,231 2,296 10 17 6,973 7,283 48,103 49,915
FEB 32,611 33,055 3,267 3,347 1,400 1,443 2,082 2,109 11 12 6,478 6,594 45,849 46,560
MAR 38,766 38,163 3,540 3,562 1,610 1,511 2,400 2,375 58 33 7,402 7,356 53,776 53,000
APR 40,197 40,279 3,680 3,754 1,609 1,605 2,484 2,503 25 50 7,381 7,411 55,376 55,602
MAY 44,815 43,137 4,120 4,084 1,565 1,533 2,913 2,834 24 22 8,046 7,626 61,483 59,236
JUN 38,979 38,502 3,885 3,907 1,418 1,364 2,820 2,713 18 17 7,947 7,875 55,067 54,378
JUL 35,723 36,477 3,713 3,808 1,480 1,481 2,917 2,901 13 15 8,349 8,275 52,195 52,957
AUG 33,964 34,705 4,007 3,972 1,509 1,492 2,899 2,853 27 19 8,427 8,172 50,833 51,213
SEP 38,725 38,936 3,752 3,816 1,492 1,469 2,779 2,865 27 26 8,044 8,089 54,819 55,201
OCT 41,497 40,876 3,784 3,905 1,434 1,449 2,853 2,761 21 24 8,018 8,037 57,607 57,052
NOV 36,404 36,211 3,295 3,300 1,285 1,202 2,568 2,602 18 17 7,423 6,987 50,993 50,319
DEC 33,963 34,049 3,467 3,447 1,364 1,318 2,555 2,577 17 15 7,688 7,528 49,054 48,934
COL TOT 449,549 449,605 44,029 44,471 17,631 17,402 31,501 31,389 269 267 92,176 91,233 635,155 634,367

ENTRY – Number of records entered during the month.

CANCEL – Number of records canceled/cleared during the month but entered from any time period.

NCIC Missing Persons (Monthly Totals) 2014

EMJ – Entry of a person under the age of 21 who is missing and does not meet any of the entry criteria set forth in the other categories.

EME – Entry of a person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that his/her physical safety may be in danger.

EMI – Entry of a person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that the disappearance may not have been voluntary, i.e., abduction or kidnapping.

EMD – A person of any age who is missing and under proven physical/mental disability or is senile, thereby subjecting him/herself or others to personal and immediate danger.

EMV – A person of any age who is missing after a catastrophe.

EMO – A person over the age of 21, not meeting the criteria for entry in any other category, who is missing and for whom there is a reasonable concern for his/her safety.

Source: NCIC Active/Expired Missing Person Analysis Report

2014 NCIC Missing Person Entries

UNDER 18 18 AND OLDER ALL AGES
TOTAL 466,949 168,206 635,155
JUVENILE 445,045 4,504 449,549
ENDANGERED 9,770 34,259 44,029
INVOLUNTARY 4,806 12,825 17,631
DISABILITY 4,258 27,243 31,501
CATASTROPHE 91 178 269
OTHER 2,979 89,197 92,176
FEMALE 250,418 69,668 320,086
MALE 216,500 98,525 315,025
UNKNOWN 31 13 44
ASIAN 7,410 5,137 12,547
BLACK 171,865 45,819 217,684
INDIAN 7,346 2,016 9,362
UNKNOWN 13,055 4,961 18,016
WHITE * 267,273 110,273 377,546

* Includes Hispanic

Source: NCIC Active/Expired Missing and Unidentified Analysis Reports

2014 NCIC Missing Person Entries

UNDER 21 21 AND OLDER ALL AGES
TOTAL

498,872

136,283

635,155

JUVENILE

449,446

103

449,549

ENDANGERED

14,651

29,378

44,029

INVOLUNTARY

8,883

8,748

17,631

DISABILITY

7,312

24,189

31,501

CATASTROPHE

97

172

269

OTHER

18,483

73,693

92,176

FEMALE

266,683

53,403

320,086

MALE

232,155

82,870

315,025

UNKNOWN

34

10

44

ASIAN

8,047

4,500

12,547

BLACK

185,006

32,678

217,684

INDIAN

7,665

1,697

9,362

UNKNOWN

14,175

3,841

18,016

WHITE *

283,979

93,567

377,546

* Includes Hispanic

Source: NCIC Active/Expired Missing and Unidentified Analysis Reports

NCIC Missing Person File – Yearly Totals and Percent Change

YEAR FILE TRANS RECORD

ENTERED*

RECORD

REMOVED**

CLEARS

****

LOCATES MODIFIED

***

1990 1,454,029 663,921 661,945 641,543 20,615 82,764
% CHG N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1991 1,552,896 705,175 701,811 680,520 24,250 92,946
% CHG (+) 6.7 (+) 6.2 (+) 6.0 (+) 6.0 (+) 17.6 (+) 12.3
1992 1,785,653 801,358 810,483 737,876 26,970 119,424
% CHG (+) 15.0 (+) 13.6 (+) 15.5 (+) 8.4 (+) 11.2 (+) 28.5
1993 1,951,842 868,345 858,730 824,348 31,716 169,137
% CHG (+) 9.3 (+) 8.4 (+) 6.0 (+) 11.7 (+) 17.6 (+) 41.6
1994 2,179,932 954,896 944,685 906,662 39,985 216,080
% CHG (+) 11.7 (+) 10.0 (+) 10.0 (+) 10.0 (+) 26.1 (+) 27.8
1995 2,238,503 969,264 964,343 922,576 42,009 237,150
% CHG (+) 2.7 (+) 1.5 (+) 2.1 (+) 1.8 (+) 5.1 (+) 9.8
1996 1,908,696 955,252 953,444 913,940 42,733 254,533
% CHG (-) 14.7 (-) 1.4 (-) 1.1 (-) 0.9 (+) 1.7 (+) 7.3
1997 1,965,657 980,712 984,945 933,081 45,397 281,197
% CHG (+) 3.0 (+) 2.7 (+) 3.3 (+) 2.1 (+) 6.3 (+) 10.5
1998 1,861,335 932,190 929,145 913,416 47,313 287,792
% CHG (-) 5.3 (-) 4.9 (-) 5.7 (-) 2.1 (+) 4.2 (+) 2.3
1999 1,733,691 867,129 866,562 816,198 38,704 272,197
% CHG (-) 6.9 (-) 7.0 (-) 6.7 (-) 10.6 (-) 18.2 (-) 5.4


NCIC Missing Person File – Yearly Totals and Percent Change

YEAR FILE TRANS RECORD

ENTERED*

RECORD

REMOVED**

CLEARS

****

LOCATES MODIFIED

***

2000 1,758,376 876,213 882,163 825,969 40,714 294,707
% CHG (+) 1.4 (+) 1.0 (+) 1.8 (+) 1.2 (+) 5.2 (+) 8.3
2001 1,702,197 840,279 861,918 803,599 40,844 313,822
% CHG (-) 3.2 (-) 4.1 (-) 2.3 (-) 2.7 (+) 0.3 (+) 6.5
2002 1,658,591 821,975 836,616 779,721 42,033 329,741
% CHG (-) 2.6 (-) 2.2 (-) 2.9 (-) 3.0 (+) 2.9 (+) 5.1
2003 1,661,853 824,699 837,154 777,854 44,252 353,805
% CHG (+) 0.2 (+) 0.3 (+) 0.6 (-) 3.0 (+) 5.3 (+) 7.3
2004 1,670,848 830,325 840,523 782,283 46,665 379,952
% CHG (+) 0.5 (+) 0.7 (+) 0.4 (+) 0.6 (+) 5.5 (+) 7.4
2005 2,167,892 834,536 844,838 781,430 48,639 397,452
% CHG (+) 29.7 (+) 0.5 (+) 0.5 (-) 0.1 (+) 4.2 (+) 4.6
2006 2,203,363 836,131 851,940 785,412 51,518 421,478
% CHG (+) 1.6 (+) 0.2 (+) 0.8 (+) 0.5 (+) 5.9 (+) 6.0
2007 2,296,793 814,957 820,212 770,282 51,638 549,981
% CHG (+) 4.2 (-) 2.5 (-) 1.9 (-) 1.9 (+) 0.2 (+) 30.5
2008 2,068,262 778,161 745,088 731,727 50,559 457,451
% CHG (-) 9.9 (-) 4.5 (-) 9.1 (-) 5.0 (-) 2.0 (-) 16.8
2009 1,759,860 719,558 726,130 637,308 32,843 358,356
% CHG (-) 14.9 (-) 7.5 (-) 2.5 (-) 12.9 (-) 35.1 (-) 21.7
2010 1,927,722 692,944 703,316 658,161 46,397 453,620
% CHG (+) 9.5 (-) 3.7 (-) 3.1 (+) 3.3 (+) 41.3 (+) 26.6


NCIC Missing Person File – Yearly Totals and Percent Change

YEAR FILE TRANS RECORD

ENTERED*

RECORD

REMOVED**

CLEARS

****

LOCATES MODIFIED

***

2011 1,855,216 678,860 679,511 633,919 47,025 455,820
% CHG (-) 3.8 (-) 2.0 (-) 3.4 (-) 3.7 (+) 1.4 (+) 0.4
2012 1,868,028 661,593 659,514 620,535 47,912 472,341
% CHG (+) 0.7 (-) 2.5 (-) 2.9 (-) 2.1 (+) 1.9 (+) 3.6
2013 1,810,409 627,911 630,911 584,749 47,544 478,094
% CHG (-) 3.1 (-) 5.1 (-) 4.3 (-) 5.8 (-) 0.8 (+) 1.2
2014 1,847,605 634,155 634,367 584,813 50,819 502,807
% CHG (+) 2.1 (+) 1.2 (+) .5 (+) .0 (+) 6.9 (+) 5.2


NCIC Missing Person File – Yearly Totals and Percent Change

  • * Records entered do not include supplemental record entry messages which are used to add specific identifiers, including dental data, to a missing person record on file in NCIC.
  • ** Records removed are a total of the cancel, clear, and locate messages received by the NCIC computer. Excluded are counts of supplemental record cancellation messages which are used to remove specific identifiers, including dental data, from a messing person record.
  • *** Modifies include base record modification messages, supplemental record entry messages, and supplemental record cancellation messages. Counts of supplemental dental entry messages and supplemental dental cancellation messages are not available.

SOURCE: NCIC Active/Expired Missing Person Analysis Report.

NCIC Unidentified Person File

NCIC’s Unidentified Person File came online in 1983. Records are retained indefinitely, unless removed by the entering agency. The Unidentified Person File contains records of:

  • unidentified deceased persons (Deceased – EUD),
  • persons of any age who are living and unable to determine their identity (Living – EUL), and
  • unidentified catastrophe victims (Catastrophe Victim – EUV).

As of December 31, 2014, there were 8,311 unidentified person records in NCIC. During 2014, 876 unidentified person records were entered into NCIC, an increase of 1.2 % from the 866 records entered in 2013.* The records entered in 2014 consisted of 650 (74.2%) deceased unidentified bodies, 26 (3.0%) unidentified catastrophe victims, and 200 (22.8 %) living persons who could not ascertain their identity. In 2014, 609 records were canceled or cleared by the entering agency for reasons such as the remains being identified or the record being invalid. This was a 13.9% decrease over the 707 records canceled in 2013.

*Use of the Unidentified Person File is not mandated by law.

NCIC Missing/Unidentified Entry Comparison Chart

YEAR MISSING PERSON
ENTRIES
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON
ENTRIES
1990 663,921 1,567
1991 705,175 1,805
1992 801,358 1,637
1993 868,345 1,629
1994 954,896 1,829
1995 969,264 1,143
1996 955,252 1,391
1997 980,712 1,608
1998 932,190 1,326
1999 867,129 1,241
2000 876,213 1,091
2001 840,279 973
2002 821,975 947
2003 824,699 1,214
2004 830,325 1,335


Source
: NCIC Active/Expired Missing and Unidentified Analysis Reports

NCIC Missing/Unidentified Entry Comparison Chart

YEAR MISSING PERSON
ENTRIES
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON
ENTRIES
2005 834,536 1,383
2006 836,131 1,413
2007 814,967 1,788
2008 778,164 1,133
2009 719,558 1,040
2010 692,944 1,033
2011 678,860 1,030
2012 661,593 932
2013 627,911 866
2014 635,155 876


Source
: NCIC Active/Expired Missing and Unidentified Analysis Reports.

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