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Anyone is welcome to create a page on this wiki. Follow these steps to create your own! These guidelines are subject to change throughout the development of this website.

We have created a manual of style to make sure our pages remain in a consistent format.

Naming your article

Unidentified person

For unidentified persons cases, the county that the person was found in is usually used to refer to them, (such as "Northampton County Jane Doe". In some cases, where the county may contain many different UIDs, sometimes, the name of the city or town would be suitable instead, to have the case appear to be more unique ("Vidor Jane Doe"). The year the person was found could also be placed at the end of the title in parentheses ("Los Angeles Jane Doe (May 1989)"). If there is a case where there have been more victims found in the same location, giving the exact date in the article title may be necessary. Accents are not required.

In the event where there were multiple individuals discovered at the same location and the same day, the case number used by medical examiner or coroner should be included in the article name.

There have been other situations where UIDs have been nicknamed, such as Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee or Peaches. If the nickname is somewhat well-known, it would be more appropriate to have the nickname serve as the title.

If a person is believed to have used a name while alive, such as Cheryl or Ernesto Carrillo, it could also be appropriate to use it for a title, even if it was likely an alias. Middle names are not required in name titles.

If individuals have Hispanic names, it would be appropriate to only use the first surname due to Hispanic naming conventions.

Individuals who have remained unidentified for at least a month prior to the current date are eligible for listing. Exceptions include those receiving significant media attention or by request of law enforcement.

Identified

DO NOT RENAME OR CONVERT ANY LONG-TERM UNIDENTIFIED SUBJECT TO AN "IDENTIFIED" PAGE UNLESS A RELIABLE SOURCE HAS CONFIRMED THE IDENTIFICATION!

A general rule of thumb for notability on this Wiki is to consider adding individuals such as Jeanette Coleman that have remained unidentified for at least a month. Cases that have received significant coverage but were solved in less than a month, such as that of Elizabeth Short and Liam Husted, are an exception. Middle names are not required when moving pages from unidentified to identified.

In most cases, a previously listed unidentified person is removed from national databases such as NamUs and NCMEC after their identification. In many cases, the decedent's identity will not be immediately released. If there is no name released after an individual is identified, the article's title should remain the same.

Tentative identifications

Recently, forensic genetic genealogy organizations have announced they have made tentative identifications of decedents through their research. This usually precedes an official statement from law enforcement and other forms of communication.

When this occurs, the format of the article needs to remain formatted as an unidentified case with the "{{Pending ID}}" template at the top. The page can be converted to an "identified" format after an announcement has been made or their listings are removed from NamUs and similar government sources.

Notices

This Wiki contains content that is not suitable for everyone. Please use content warnings for articles that contain any of these topics:

  • {{Graphic notice}} = For mentions of any physical or sexual violence, including child abuse.
  • {{Drug use warning}} = For mentions of any substance abuse, illegal or not.
  • {{Suicide warning}} = For mentions of suicide.

We also have the additional notices that can be added to pages.

  • {{Identified notice}} = For individuals who have been identified within the past three months.
  • {{Pending ID}} = For pages of individuals whose identification have not yet been confirmed by law enforcement.
  • {{Recent discovery}} = For individuals who have been discovered within the past three months.
  • {{Translated page}} = For pages that primarily cite sources that are not in English.
  • {{NamUs Removed}}, {{NCMPUR Removed}} or {{Profile Removed}} = For pages where the listing has been removed from the relevant agency.

Images

If there is an image associated with the person you are writing about, please read Unidentified Wiki:Adding images.

Infobox

Main article: Unidentified Wiki:Infoboxes

Characteristics

Information in a bullet list detailing the known physical characteristics of unidentified. According to grammar standards, brand names are not to be italicized.

Clothing and accessories

Information listing known clothing and/or personal belongings. If an individual's clothing is unknown but they were found with items such as a bus pass, you can omit the "clothing" part of the section title and do the same if no accessories are found.

Media

A bullet list describing where a case has been mentioned in major media, such as television, film or print media. Please note, the titles of the programs should be italicized.

  • At this time, mentions of podcasts should not be included, as there are a tremendous amount available.
  • Mentions of general news coverage are also not notable for this section unless discussed by a national/renown company (such as Time).

Categories

Main article: Unidentified Wiki:Categories

Sources

To provide links to websites that profile certain cases, some templates have been created to make the process easier. Some, like news reports, no templates have been created. If you wish to include some in the article, make sure to add them on a bulleted list underneath a header titled "Sources" at the bottom of a page. Names of news agencies are to be italicized, as are books and television/film programs.

Unidentified

  • {{NCMEC|CASE NUMBER HERE|Article title}}
  • {{NamUs|CASE NUMBER HERE|Article title}}
  • {{Doe Network|CASE NUMBER (LOWER CASE) FOLLOWED BY .html|Article title}}
  • {{Wikipedia|ARTICLE_TITLE|Article title}}
  • {{FLUIDDB|CASE NUMBER|Article title}}
  • {{TXDPS|CASE NUMBER|Article title}}
  • {{Maricopa|CASE NUMBER|Article title}}
  • {{GBI|CASE NUMBER|Article title}}
  • {{NCMPUR|CASE NUMBER|Article title}}
  • {{DNADoeProject|WEBPAGE_TITLE|Article title}}
  • {{Ontario|CASE NUMBER|Article title}}
  • {{UK Missing|CASE NUMBER HERE|Article title}}

Missing

  • {{NCMEC MP|CASE NUMBER HERE|Article title}}
  • {{NamUs MP|CASE NUMBER HERE|Article title}}
  • {{Doe Network|CASE NUMBER (LOWER CASE) FOLLOWED BY .html|Article title}}
  • {{Wikipedia|ARTICLE_TITLE|Article title}}
  • {{Charley Project|first name-middle name(if applicable)-last name}}
  • {{NCMPUR|CASE NUMBER|Article title}}
  • {{Ontario MP|CASE NUMBER|Article title}}

Indexes

Please follow these steps after you have created your page. This gallery shows instructions for adding your case to the Chronological Case Index. The process of adding to the Geographical Case Index is similar. Please add your pages in chronological order.

If you have created a page for an unidentified individual, please add your page to the Chronological Case Index and the Geographical Case Index

If you have created a page for an identified individual, please add your page to the Identified Index.

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In addition to adding pages to indexes, please add classifications to the indexes to accompany your page if applicable. Classifications should also be changed in indexes if the classifications have been updated on pages. These are as follows in Source mode:

  • {{GH}}: Homicide
  • {{GS}}: Suicide
  • {{GN}}: Natural
  • {{GE}}: Exposure
  • {{GO}}: Overdose
  • {{GA}}: Accident
  • {{GSH}}: Suspected homicide
  • {{GSS}}: Suspected suicide
  • {{GSN}}: Suspected natural
  • {{GSE}}: Suspected exposure
  • {{GSO}}: Suspected overdose
  • {{GSA}}: Suspected accident
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