Website hopes to find clues in missing, unidentified persons



"They've deemed this the country's silent mass disaster," says Detective Angela Murphy with Virginia Beach Police.

Missing and unidentified people.

"The oldest one we have is, I believe, 1977," she says.




Vanished. That's the name of a new website run by the Virginia Beach Police Department focusing on these mysterious cases.

"This is our way of reaching out to people who may be able to help us," she says.

Now, Detective Angela Murphy speaks for these 24 missing persons and four unidentified victims, two of which are babies.

Virginia Beach cases that have baffled investigators, like the story of 23 year-old Hope Curry.

It was 9:30 at night. Police say Hope left her brother's house here on Bancroft Drive in the Rosemont section of Virginia Beach. She said she was going to use a payphone at a nearby gas station. Then, she vanished.

Now, a database called the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NAMUS, hopes to find some answers.

Each case on the vanished website is linked to NAMUS. When you click on Hope's picture, you see her profile.

It includes her family's DNA and every detail about her clothes and jewelry.

That may one day link her case to an unidentified body.

"It drives us. And this is a way we can take those two and bring them together and hopefully bring somebody home," she says.

Maybe one of you can Take Action to close these cases. Just click on the "Help Solve" button under each picture.

"It's linked right up to Virginia Beach Crime Solvers," she says.

And you can leave an anonymous web tip. Detective Murphy won't stop looking for answers.

"I'm hoping that we can give them closure at least to just stop the pain," she says.
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