INDIANAPOLIS – An online database seeks to use the power of community to solve murdered or missing people cases.
It’s called Uncovered, and that’s exactly their mission – to uncover the facts.
People across our state, across the country, and even around the world can help solve these common cold cases. Indiana has more than 600 cases listed on its website.
At the moment there are almost 40,000 cases in the Uncovered database. It’s essentially a one-stop shop for information, resources, and a space to network and contribute facts. There are photos, stories, maps, dates and links to news articles.
Uncovered was launched in 2019 because the founders believed it needed more than just government and nonprofits. Jim Brown, the CEO and co-founder, is from Indiana. The head of case research, Rachael Rosselet, went to school here.
Both agree that it also takes community to shed light on these cases.
“It takes the community for that,” Brown said, “law enforcement can’t do it all on their own. Whether we’re talking about the limitations of budget, knowledge, or training, or just the sheer volume of cases they have. You can’t do everything, can you?”
Rosselet added: “We’re really excited to hear from families. We get emails from them every day and they just want some movement in their case. We often find that they just want to be heard.”
Hope is Uncovered will work with government agencies not only to raise awareness of these cases, but also to escalate them to the police as soon as they receive critical information.
“They can come there. They can control the narrative of their loved ones, that’s how often we see it when someone goes missing or is murdered. Sometimes it’s the comforting details that emerge, but in our space, they can begin to tell their loved ones’ story in the narrative or in the way they want,” Rosselet said.
Rosselet was able to contact the Ohio Attorney General to gather information on nearly 4,000 cases that could be placed on Uncovered.
We asked Brown and Rosselet where their passion for true crime and solving these cases comes from.
Brown said that with Uncovered he was making good on a promise he made to his best friend, who died in 2007. For Rosselet, she always watched documentaries and listened to podcasts as she learned more about false convictions—she became increasingly passionate about criminal justice reform, and she went back to school for it.
To participate in the discussions and help resolve these cases, Click here to visit Uncovered Website.
“That’s how we’re going to solve these cases, and since 1980, 200,000 have caught a cold again. We need everyone’s help,” Brown said.
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