Ambrose case puts spotlight on efforts to locate missing persons

At a press conference regarding the alleged abduction of 23-year-old Olivia Ambrose on Tuesday, Police Commissioner William G. Gross told reporters the department has “missing persons [cases] in and throughout the city.”

Here are some open missing persons cases from the past year:

■  Musa Kamara, 25, was last seen on Sept. 12. According to a statement released on Sept. 18, he is described as a “black non-Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches, 140 [pounds], with a medium build.” Boston Police said that Kamara is still missing and was possibly sighted in New York.

■  Edward Moore, 32, was last seen on Aug. 22. Moore was described in a statement from Sept. 2 as being a “black non-Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches, with a heavy build.” According to police, Moore has been seen by co-workers and friends, but refuses to contact his family.


■  Felipe Montero-Delarosa, 69, was reported as missing in a statement from police on June 18. According to the statement, he was last seen on May 6 s no longer listed as missing. His missing person’s case has been closed.

Missing persons reports taken by local police are usually then added to a national database that is publicly available at the namus.gov website, which is now operated on a daily basis by the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.

Known by the acronym UNTCHI, the center develops DNA profiles of missing people and of the remains of unidentified persons. The DNA profiles are added to the FBI’s CODIS computer system and also provided to other law enforcement agencies in hopes of locating the missing and for identifying the deceased.

An estimated 600,000 people are reported missing nationally each year, and although many of the adults and children are found after relatively short periods of time, tens of thousands remain missing for more than a year, according to the center.


About 4,400 bodies are recovered by law enforcement nationwide each year, and about 1,000 of those people are unidentified after a year.

The namus.gov site focuses on missing adults and children, while the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children concentrates its attention on people who are children at the time of their disappearance. The center keeps all of its reports active even when years and decades pass after the child is first reported missing.

Abbi Matheson can be reached at abbi.matheson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AbbiMatheson