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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NamUs Fingerprint Supervisor
William "Bill" Bailey begin his career with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department as a Detective/Crime Scene Investigator with responsibilities for supervising and performing crime scene investigations including, but not limited to, the collection, preservation, and examination of physical evidence; crime scene photography and videography; and the preparation of crime scene sketches. He also performed examinations and comparisons of inked and latent fingerprints, palm prints and sole prints; prepared all booking fingerprints for filing using the Henry Classification System; and performed court exhibits of fingerprint identification for trial testimony.
In 1993, Bill joined the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office and Forensic Laboratories as a Forensic Death Investigator, and was later promoted to Latent Print Examiner. In this role, he worked in both the Latent Print and Human Identification Laboratories where he assisted with the identification of several hundred unidentified remains by standard and scientific reproduction of friction ridge skin. After 19 years of service, Bill retired from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office and joined NamUs as a Fingerprint Specialist. In 2014, he was promoted to the position of NamUs Fingerprint Supervisor where is he guiding the development of a national fingerprint database for missing and unidentified persons, while providing daily NamUs fingerprint services and managing fingerprint staff. Bill also develops and administers fingerprint training programs for internal NamUs staff, as well as external criminal justice personnel. As a certified TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) instructor, Bill has lectured for police and sheriff's academies, district attorney's investigation units and universities.