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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Richard M. Scanlon, D.M.D. joined NamUs in 2008 as a Regional Forensic Odontologist, responsible for providing forensic odontology services for NamUs. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970 and a D.M.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1974. Dr. Scanlon then served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, assigned as a Division Dental Surgeon for the 9th Division at Ft. Lewis, Washington. During that duty he was trained and performed forensic odontology services for the military and local agencies. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1977 and began a private practice in family dentistry and forensic odontology and still practices part time as a family dentist in Lewistown, PA.
Dr. Scanlon was an active staff member and served as President of the Medical Staff at Lewistown hospital and was the Chief Deputy Coroner of Mifflin County for 9 years and Acting Coroner for 2 years. He is a member of DMORT and served as a Deputy Commander of Region III DMORT. He is also co-director of PADIT (Pennsylvania Dental Identification Team). He has been a member of the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Medical – Legal Advisory Board on Child Abuse since 1989, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is a member of the Possible Match Panel of the Doe Network and the NDIR Review Panel for the FBI.Contact Information: