One woman who works on cold cases as a citizen volunteer has run across the following video in her work:
If you have a loved one who has gone missing and has worried frantically about them, not knowing if they are dead or alive–and all the police tell you is they probably got tired of living at home, or they ran away, or they live with friends now, and you get no sympathy or good advice, this video is a must watch.
The video explains that there are 80,000 reported missing people on any given date in the US, while at the time, coroners across the US receive 10,000 unidentified bodies each day.
There is no uniform approach or laws to help identify bodies. Coroners and the police never interact.
In Illinois, while funeral directors must identify all physical damage to a body they receive, that report goes no where and is not shared with the police, even though funeral directors are mandated reporters of physical abuse. These should be automatically shared via email with local police and it should remain part of police records.
Nursing homes are not supposed to drug the elderly and disabled. All persons who died in these facilities should receive a tox screen and there should be a mandatory report of all psych drugs and opiods to the coroner’s office and the funeral home and the body should be tox screened for abuse of these drugs at these facilities. Too many of the elderly and disabled are drugged to death while food and water are withheld. Just because these are the elderly and disabled and cannot speak for themselves, this is still murder of the worst sort. Starvation and dehydration is not a painless way to die and besides these nursing homes and their staff have no rights to participate in murder.