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Unidentified Remains


The SLED Forensic Art Unit assists local law enforcement agencies in Unidentified Remains cases. When human remains are found and the identity of the deceased person is unknown, this unit provides artistic renderings of what the victim/person may have looked like in life.

The following links are cases that the SLED Forensic Art Unit has assisted with in hopes of identifying the deceased. If you have information that will help investigators, please get in touch with the agency listed with the case.


The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)  is a national clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States.


 It is estimated that 4,400 unidentified bodies are recovered each year, with approximately 1,000 remaining unidentified after one year.  Coroners in South Carolina submit case information to NamUs to one day give the individual their name back.

Please visit their website to see if you can assist with identifying a missing person or unidentified decedent.  

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The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) assists Coroners with unidentified child remains. When human remains are found that are believed to belong to a child, NCMEC can assist Coroners in giving that child back their name. This process includes assisting in the collection and dissemination of DNA, dental, fingerprints, and other unique identifiers to help determine the identities of these children.  NCMEC’s forensic artists also create facial reconstructions of what the child might have looked like in life in hopes that someone will recognize him or her.  

Unidentified Remains

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