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Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing Persons Information Program

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The Repository

The LA Repository for Missing and Unidentified Persons website provides a way to search Louisiana's database of missing and unidentified people. Information about the Louisiana State Law that was enacted to create the Repository can be found here.

The website can be found at identifyLA.lsu.edu and anyone can browse and search the entries in the database.


How to Report a Missing Person:


The process of filing a missing persons report can be daunting and confusing. Below are three steps to help you start the process. If you run into any problems during the process, you can contact the LSU FACES Laboratory for assistance (225-578-4761). We assist both families and law enforcement agencies in the collection of important information and documents to find the missing.
  • 1. Call the police to report the person missing.

    1. It is a myth that you must wait a certain amount of time before reporting a missing person. You can file a report as soon as the person is confirmed missing.

    2. Collect as much of the following information as possible about the missing person before you call: (Note: you do not need all of this information to file a report)
      1. Full and legal name
      2. Birthdate and Age
      3. Date of last contact
      4. Place last seen
      5. Details of the disappearance
      6. Gender/Sex
      7. Ancestry/Race
      8. Height
      9. Weight
      10. Hair and eye color
      11. Clothing last seen wearing
      12. Identifying features: tattoos, scars, previous injuries/surgeries, etc.
      13. Name and contact of missing person’s dentist and/or doctor

    3. Make sure that you file a report with the police agency in the location that the person went missing.

    4. Here are some resources that can help you locate the correct agency in Louisiana:
      1. Louisiana Sheriff's Department Directory
      2. Louisiana Police Department (no directory currently available)
        1. Major Cities in Louisiana:
          1. Baton Rouge: 225-389-2000
          2. New Orleans: 504-658-6060
          3. Shreveport: 318-673-7300
          4. Lafayette: 337-291-8600
          5. Lake Charles: 337-491-1456
          6. Bossier City: 318-741-8611
          7. Monroe: 318-329-2600
          8. Alexandria: 318-449-5099
        2. All other cities: Use a search engine to locate the non-emergency phone number for the police department you wish to locate.
      3. Louisiana State Police
      4. If you are unsure who you should contact or need assistance finding the right phone number, you can call the FACES Laboratory (225-578-4761) for help.

    5. If you wish to report a person missing outside of Louisiana, you can use a search engine to find the local police department or Sheriff’s office in the appropriate city or town.

  • 2. Make sure that you collect the following information from the agency that completed the missing persons report:

    1. Law enforcement agency name
    2. Name of officer
    3. Phone number of officer or agency
    4. Report number

  • 3. After a missing persons report has been filed, you can contact the LSU FACES Laboratory if you would like to have the missing person included in our missing persons database.

    1. The LSU FACES Laboratory manages the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing Persons Information Project. The State of Louisiana has established the Repository (LA State Act. 227) as a central database for information about missing and unidentified persons in Louisiana.

    2. The State of Louisiana requires that we collect the following information about missing persons for the purpose of identifying and finding the missing:
      1. Biological data (Age, Sex, Ancestry, Height, Weight, etc.)
      2. DNA profiles (from family references for inclusion in the FBI DNA database: CODIS)
      3. Medical and dental records

    3. Information about each missing person in our database is also placed in the following places so that the general public and law enforcement agents from around the country can search and obtain information:
      1. LA Repository Website
      2. National Missing and Unidentified Persons System
      3. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
      4. LSU FACES Lab Facebook