The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a powerful, free tool to assist law enforcement officers, medical examiners, coroners, allied criminal justice professionals, and the family members of missing persons in resolving these cold cases. NamUs combines online database technology with forensic and analytical resources to solve long-term missing and unidentified person cases.
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Amy Dobbs joined the Knox County Sheriff's Office in January 2011 as a volunteer in the Forensics Unit and became a full-time Crime Analyst in April of that same year. She was selected to become the NamUs Victim's Advocate Representative for the state of Tennessee and was chosen to attend the NamUs Training Academy in November 2011. This allowed Ms. Dobbs to train other agencies within Tennessee on the importance and use of NamUs. In April 2012, Ms. Dobbs was reassigned to the Major Crimes/Cold Case Unit of the Knox County Sheriff's Office, where she continued to focus on missing and unidentified person casess. In 2013, she was promoted to the position of Cold Case Investigator. Ms. Dobbs also served as the ViCAP Liaison for the Knox County Sheriff's Office and managed their budget for private laboratory forensic testing.
Ms. Dobbs received Detective of the Month for her work on a 1981 homicide involving an unidentified victim whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded lot. Her investigation led to the identification of the decedent after 32 years as a cold case with no leads. Ms. Dobbs identified two additional long-term unidentified decedents and resolved eight long-term missing person cases dating back to the mid 1980's and early 1990's. Ms. Dobbs received local, state and national media coverage of her cases, including Unsolved Mysteries documenting one as the "featured case of the week".
Ms. Dobbs holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Georgia. She joined the NamUs team in February 2015 as a Regional System Administrator.Contact Information: