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Left for Dead

Inside America's coldest cases
Criminal Justice

Buried in Blue Earth

In 1980, 18-year-old Michelle Busha left her home and never returned. But her remains weren’t identified for another three decades. Meet two women who didn’t know each other, yet spent years seeking answers in Michelle’s disappearance.

Sep 5, 2015
Criminal Justice

The code for cracking cold cases

We created a new Web tool – using information from the NamUs database – in order to make it easier to match missing and unidentified people . Senior data editor Jennifer LaFleur explains how it works.

Sep 5, 2015
Criminal Justice

She never left Harlan alive

In 1969, a young woman was stabbed to death in Harlan, Kentucky, and buried without a name. Local authorities undertook an exhumation last November in hopes of identifying the victim known only as “Mountain Jane Doe.” But the results were surprising.

Sep 5, 2015
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