The Missing Persons Clearinghouse (MPCH) was established in 1985 by the 69th Legislature and became operational in 1986. In November 2007, the MPCH was transferred to the newly created Bureau of Information Analysis. Clearinghouse personnel assist law enforcement agencies and the public to locate persons who are missing from Texas or who are missing from other states but believed to be in Texas. The Clearinghouse maintains a public web site in conjunction with the Unidentified Persons and DNA Unit to disseminate information regarding missing persons and also helps coordinate various outreach programs, including:
The Clearinghouse also works in conjunction with the DPS Unidentified Persons and DNA Unit to assist investigating agencies with the collection and submission of DNA for high-risk missing persons cases. The investigating agencies collect the DNA samples and submit them to the University of North Texas Health Science Center for entry into the Human Identification Database, which is used to link missing persons to recovered unidentified remains.