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Tennessee Lost & Found
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According to the NCIC there are over 5,400 cases of unidentified remains (Jane & John Does) in their system. And more than 100,000 missing persons.

Over 1,300 of these missing and 46 of the unidentified cases are in Tennessee

It has been estimated that number only reflects 10-50% of the actual number of Doe cases that are not yet listed on the NCIC.
Some portions of this web-site are not fully functional and are under construction.

I want to take an opportunity to request support from the political leaders of well as the support of the citizens. I have created an "un-official" state web-site that will feature the unidentified and missing persons in the state of Tennessee.
On February 4th, 2004, I met with the political leaders of my district in regards to the site, Senator Charlotte Burks and Representative John Mark Windle. They both expressed interest and support and immediately began making phone calls. It is out hope that the web-site can be adopted by the state in an official capacity. Many states have state web-sites that feature wither the missing and or the unidentified.

After my creation of the original nationwide "Lost & Found" web-site in 1998,,Kentucky was inspired to create their own state site. I soon consulted with them and they created their official state site: Soon after I merged the original Lost & Found site into the newly emerging Doe Network. www.DoeNetwork.Org

About the Doe Network...

Our members include Law Enforcement Agents, Detectives, "Forensic Artists", Journalists, Medical Examiners, Missing Persons Case Workers and "Everyday People". We cooperate with "NCMEC" -(National Center for Missing and Endangered Children and the "NCIC" (FBI) and the "National Missing Persons Helpline" of the UK, as well as local Law Enforcement.

Our organization has had a hand in 17 "Solved Cases" since our "group of volunteers" was formed in 2001. We also have many other potential matches between missing and unidentified persons currently being investigated by Law Enforcement. Todd Matthews - the U.S. Media Director for the Doe Network - is responsible for solving the famous "TENT GIRL" mystery of Kentucky after she had been unidentified for 30 years.

I now sit as one of the administrators of the Doe Network, as well as the Media Director. In addition to those duties I serve as Area Director for Tennessee and Kentucky. As Area Director I process the "potential matches" between the missing and the unidentifieds that have some connection to either state. In Kentucky it is an easy task. I can do this even by bypassing their state site and contacting the medical examiner directly. We do not have the luxury of a "centralized" system in the state of Tennessee. The matches have to be processed directly at the county level and it is often most difficult to do so. Up until this point, I myself have been the closest thing to a "centralization" in the state.

I propose that we do this on a more official level. In addition to the volunteer position at the Doe Network....I want to see a state site fully embraced by the state. This would give me the power to be more direct in my contacting the counties to gather data and pass along any potential matches. As coordinator for a state site, my only role in the "investigation" would be to process data and pass along to county officials for state mandated follow up. I would also continue to do as I have and try to get the state cases listed on the NCIC.

Currently the state has a total of 46 cases of unidentified listed on the NCIC in a list presented to me monthly by the FBI-NCIC. I know there are more. On a national note there are more than 5,300 cases of unidentified remains listed in the NCIC. This number is thought to only be 10-50% of the actual cases. Recently this theory was proved effectively by Nevada. The state total for unidentified was listed at about 60. Then when Las Vegas/Clark County coroner went online with their county site...they claimed to have three times that number in their ONE single county.

I am sad to say that Tennessee is one of the most difficult states to process the data. Kentucky has become on the best states...I even venture to say one of the best systems in the world for having a handle on their internal cases. I would like to be able to say the same thing about my own home state of Tennessee. I ask for the support of the leaders of Tennessee to support the efforts of Rep Windle and Sen Burks as we strive to create an official state web-site. This is NOT and extremely expensive effort.

If all else fails, the "un-official" state web-site will continue as I will do my best to found it into a non-profit organization and continue in the spirit of the Doe Network. The Doe Network has been widely accepted by law enforcement and other government and federal agencies even though it is not a government entity.

Last fall I created a search tool for the Doe Network called the GeoDex. More than just a search tool, this index sorts the cases into geographic areas. It was my hope that states that do not currently have state web-sites could begin with the GeoDex and begin creating their own versions for state usage.

This is the Press Kit for the Doe Network:

The Solves page:

And the Media Center featuring articles from across the globe:

I also can offer the state FREE forensic art for their cases where needed with Project EDAN.

Much more information is available to those who are interested. Eventually all will have to deal with the issues. The FBI is in process of wrapping up a DNA database that will be seeking huge outreach program.

Please contact myself with any questions
Todd Matthews
121 Short Street
Livingston, Tennessee 38570

Also consider contacting Representative Windle or Senator Burks at Legislative Plaza in Nashville if you are in their district and show support.
OR if in another district please contact your own district leader and ask for their support.

Stats provided by FBI-NCIC
Tennessee Unidentified: 45 active cases (NCIC)
Tennessee Missing: 1,379 active cases (NCIC)
The actual numbers are far higher.

Thanks on behalf of the families of the missing and unidentified.

Todd Matthews
Media Director for www.DoeNetwork.Org

Below you can see a list of groups that have been looking at the GeoDex so far....the list is growing.

USDeptJustice. DOJ
The Defense Information Systems Agency - The Pentagon
City of Pasadena
Lincoln Memorial University - Harrogate, TN
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Texas A&M University
Seychelles Country Government
Stanford University
Cornell University
Northeastern State University
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Office of Management
USDA - Office of Operations
University of NORTH ALABAMA
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA-DOM)
State of Missouri Office of Administration
Alaska Airline, Inc.
DoD Network Information Center - Dept Defence
LA County Sheriffs Dept. California
Comcast Cable Communications Holdings, Inc
Florida Information Resource Network
University of Washington
Town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Western Michigan University
UCSB- University of California - Santa Barbara
DVACM.GOV (Department of Veterans Affairs) University California - Wisconsin
County of Los Angeles
New York State University
Commonwealth of Kentucky - Gov
New York State Department of Transportation
Metropolitan Government of Nashville
State of Missouri Office of Administration
Orange County Register
USDA Office of Operations
State of Washington - Department of Corrections
Santa Clara County
New York State - Department of Social Services
West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing
Virginia Information Technologies Agency
Berea College - Ky
University of Notre Dame
Municipality of Zurich - Switzerland
Washington University in St. Louis
State of Colorado General Government Computer
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
University of New Mexico
Shepard University
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs
Northwest Shoals Community College
Florida Department of Corrections
New York State NYS-Department of Social Services
State of Georgia/Board of Regents
City of Phoenix
Commonwealth of Kentucky Dept. of Information Systems
Drake University - Iowa
University of Maine
University of Illinois
University of North Florida
Whitman College
Emory University- Atlanta
The United States Centers For Disease Control
University of Delaware (US Surgical)
Maricopa Community Colleges
Middle Tennessee State University
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
Arizona Daily Star
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Headquarters, USAAISC
State of Georgia - Department of Administrative Services
North Carolina State University
University of Arkansas
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
The Boston Globe
State of NC - State Telecommunications Services NC-GOV
State of Arkansas - Department of Computer Services
The News Tribune - Tacoma, WA
Executive Office of Asset Forfeiture - The Treasury
State of South Carolina
Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati
County of Orange - Santa Ana
The Pennsylvania State University
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Tennessee Lost & Found

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Tennessee Lost & Found Links

Tennessee Lost & Found - Missing  |  Tennessee Sheriff Departments  |  DoeNetwork Solves  | 
DoeNetwork Press Kit  |  DoeNetwork Administration  |  DoeNetwork's Doe ChronoDex - Tennessee  | 
DoeNetwork Doe cases - Tennessee  |  Project EDAN  | 

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