This story is part of an ongoing series, Left for Dead: Inside America’s Coldest Cases.
In September, an unknown young girl found in a trash bag near Boston finally was identified as Bella Bond, after months of investigation.
But there are still at least 10,000 unidentified bodies in morgues and cemeteries across the country. Reveal reporter G.W. Schulz and producer Michael I Schiller find that bodies may remain unidentified for far too long because agencies are not required to share case information about missing people and Jane and John Does.
For more on America’s missing and unidentified, read our investigation, Left for Dead.
You can use this tool to search for potential matches between missing persons cases and unidentified bodies.
You also can watch our investigation on PBS NewsHour.