The multimedia investigative project, The Dead Unknown, won the Emmy Award for new approaches in current news. Produced by Michael Schiller, reporter G.W. Schultz and a team from Reveal – including myself, who was the Director of Photography – the project examines an unsolved death in Harlan, Kentucky. All three parts are embedded below.
There are at least 80,000 reported missing people on any given day in the United States. At the same time, there are more than 10,000 unidentified bodies in morgues and cemeteries across the country. The difficulty of connecting the missing with these John and Jane Does leaves many families in the dark about their loved one’s fate. The U.S. Justice Department calls it “the nation’s silent mass disaster.” This is the story of one cold case.