Governments should be responsible for ensuring that every human being’s death that occurs or is found within its jurisdiction be completely and accurately recorded so that a useful record is constructed and maintained for potential future reference and study. At a minimum, these records should include the location and circumstances of where and how the body was found, DNA samples, estimated time of death, physical description of body (gender, height, hair color, etc.), and other basic information. This information should be kept for at least 100 years. Attempts should be made to contact the next of kin. A central database should be set up so that authorities anywhere in the country could help match the dead with relatives who come asking for them.