Clea Koff and The Missing Persons Identification Resource Center


When someone goes missing during an armed conflict, the Geneva Conventions affirm “the right of families to know the fate of their relatives.” (Article 32, Protocol I)

When someone goes missing for any reason in the United States, the Missing Persons Identification Resource Center affirms “the right of families to know the fate of their relatives,” and will help.


MPID was founded by Clea Koff, forensic anthropologist and author of The Bone Woman. Her work as a forensic expert for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia sensitized her to the distress suffered by families of missing persons and to the relief that came even when the missing were found dead. Koff believes that a “disappearance is a disappearance, whether it occurs in peace- or wartime.”

MPID is Koff’s attempt to address the anguish of families of those who have gone missing in the United States and the police investigating their cases by linking them with coroners’ offices that hold unidentified bodies. Koff recognizes unidentified persons, both living and dead, as missing persons who have been found but have remained unidentified.

ABC World News Tonight Weekend featured Koff and MPID in July 2005.

The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services invited Koff to deliver a presentation on MPID’s methodology at the COPS national conference in July 2006.

MPID forged its partnership with the Netherlands-based WCC, Inc. in 2008.

Koff was the Keynote Speaker for the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ) national conference in June 2009.

For more information about MPID visit their page:

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