In early 2017, an investigator with the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s office in Texas was preparing to go to trial concerning an assault/family violence case. When the investigator tried to contact the victim in the case, she discovered the victim’s contact information was no longer valid, and sources indicated the woman might have moved east. With the hope of locating current contact information from other potential records, the investigator turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System. As she had hoped, the N-DEx System returned an incident report from the summer of 2016, listing a Tennessee telephone number for the victim. The investigator conducted a Tennessee driver’s license check and located a driver’s license number, which in turn provided her with a valid Tennessee address for the victim. Without the Tennessee phone number listed in the N-DEx System, the chances of narrowing down the victim’s current state of residence would have been more difficult.
For more information about how your agency can use the N-DEx System to help locate individuals, contact the N-DEx Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-625-0555.