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Missing Persons Center
The Missing Persons Center needs your assistance.
Unfortunately there are natural disasters around the world and subsequently some people are never located. They could simply be injured or temporarily found shelter and unable to reach friends or family due to many reasons and them some are also among the casualties of the event and may never be recovered. For this reason, we are expanding our database to include missing people from all types of natural disasters from around the world.
This is where you can help . . ., we are currently reaching out to various organizations around the world to access databases that have the names of people missing from natural disasters but as you can imagine, records in some places are not very complete or available at all, but people still need closer and possibly to find a lost loved one who is alive.
If you are the family member of a missing person as a result of a natural disaster, please contact us so we can obtain the information and start archiving the information. Too many people have been forgotten and in some third world countries it is very possible the person is missing and has no way of contacting relatives or has access to authorities that are willing to help them.
Washington State Patrol & Tacoma Police Dept.
Kaillina A. Lay is listed as a 14 year old female who is reported missing on August 31st, 2018.
There is no information provided at all to assist anyone in finding her and the picture they used as you can see by the above is ridiculous.
Is this the picture her family provided or is this an image law enforcement found on Lay's social media somewhere?
Either way, this is another example of why most people are never found.
The biggest concern is, did her family care so little about her that they thought it would be funny to provide authorities such a poor picture.
Here is a direct link to her missing person profile on The Washington State Police missing persons page of their website.
http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/alerts-missing-persons/missing-children/attachment/lay_kaillina-2/ It's basically blank.
Here is a direct link to Lay's profile in PDF format from their site as well.
Seeing as Lay is a child, why isn't she listed on The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's website?
If this were your child, would you feel Washington State is helping find her?
As you already know, thousands and thousands of children and adults are reported missing every year and some are located and most are lost and eventually forgotten by the agencies who have been tasked with finding them. Families of missing people are essentially alone in finding their loved ones and the very least a city, state, county or federal office can do is publically profile the missing person for all to see accurately somewhere.
Unfortunately, it seems as if most cities, states, county and federal offices are not very good at doing the very minimum and there seems to be no recourse for the families affected by this lack of publicity and possibly lack of investigation.
Below is the begining of exploiting these government offices that are not accurately profiling missing people.
Washington State Police
Just click the link below and check out this missing child's information on the Washington State Police Dept. website.
This is only one expample of many issues they have with reporting missing people.
Oregon State Police
When looking up missing people resources in Oregon, a simple google search found a direct link to the state police website and a page as indicated below that lists missing people in their state.
When you click on the link above, you'll see as of 2/27/19 the page goes to a "page not found".
MORE TO COME . . .
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We encourage anyone with a missing person in their family and for law enforcement to use our profiling system.
Here are some of the benfits of becomming a member;
- Unlimited profile entries (Verified)
- Unlimited access to your account and profiles you contribute
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- Schedule and announce events related to your missing person like searches, vigils and press conferences
- Update your missing person records 24/7
- Our missing persons profiles include the ability to add video clips to them
People who go missing in Avon and Somerset and are deemed "low-risk" may not spark a police search for 36 hours.
The change in policy comes as the force declares itself at tipping point after years of budget cuts and falling officer numbers.
Avon and Somerset Police says up to 30% of its daily resources are being spent looking for "high-risk" missing people rather than solving crimes.
A charity warned that the approach could endanger vulnerable children.
As numbers are rising, the force is now considering who to actively search for, as 40% of those who go missing disappear more than once.
What is low risk?
According to official police guidelines:
- A no-risk missing person (not used for children in Avon & Somerset) is where no there is no risk of harm to either the subject or the public
- A low-risk missing person is where risk of harm is assessed as possible but minimal - for instance an adult who has had a family argument and storms off but has no history of self-harm/mental health issues
- A medium-risk missing person is where risk of harm is "likely but not serious", possibly a child who repeatedly goes missing or somebody with dementia who goes missing a lot
- A high-risk missing person is where harm to them or the public is very likely
The force spends between £24,000 and £40,000 every day on missing people, but said it would not change when it hunted for those deemed at high-risk.
Det Supt Richard Kelvey said: "We are at a point where we have to say to some families, 'call us in 12 hours' time'.
"If we didn't deal with missing people, we would probably have 300 more people on the ground."
- In 2017-2018 the force was alerted to about 8,000 missing people - about 26 a day
- Forty per cent of those who go missing are children
- About 4,500 people go missing more than once - for some it is 50 times in a year
- Seventy-five per cent of missing people are found within 24 hours, and many return of their own accord
- Many are adults in crisis or vulnerable children in care
The police force said when delaying the deployment of officers for low-risk cases, they reassured relatives and advised them to call back in 12 hours if they felt "the risk had changed".
The charity Missing People UK says it has concerns as seven out of 10 children who were sexually exploited were reported as missing.
Karen Robinson, from the organisation, said: "With Operation Bullfinch in Oxford, many of the girls who were exploited had had repeated missing episodes, but were mistakenly deemed as 'low-risk'.
"Focussed, well-resourced policing teams to assess and respond to these risks are vital, because when someone goes missing it is a sign that something is very wrong."
Avon and Somerset Police has said it is "highly unlikely" its officers would deem a child as low-risk. If the young person was particularly vulnerable, such as being in care, they would be prioritised.
But Mr Kelvey said despite the delayed approach, teams still used 30% of their time on missing people daily.
"The people that unfortunately kill themselves are normally dead by the time we are told about this - it's very sad but true," he said.
Avon and Somerset Police Federation said the force had 700 fewer officers, and it blamed government cuts.
The Home Office has pledged an extra £161m this year for England and Wales' 43 police forces, which its says will protect police budgets in "real terms".
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Is the missing persons reporting system broken?
Look at the above image copied from a very well respected missing children's website, a United States Department of Justice website funded with tax dollars. Just look at it for a moment and think if that young man were your child, do you think that profile is going to aid anyone in finding him?
What an interesting question . . . being someone who has searched for missing people for over 25 years, its my opinion the whole missing person system was never working properly and basically does not exist.
If you've ever had a loved one missing, you might agree with me. You've went through the anguish of realizing your loved one cannot be located, you finally make the decision to call your local law enforcement and report them missing. Now, if the missing person is an adult, seems as if most police agencies try to get you to be calm and think of reasons your loved one would have just picked up and left, wanted to make a change in their life and simply left everything behind. This is especially true if its a man who is missing as opposed to a woman or child. Adult males are rarely found dead or alive. That's a strong statement to make, I know, but my experience tells me this is the case because if you're not looking, nobody is.
The image of Obie Cooper is another great example of a child who has been reported missing, but with very little information. Is there so little information because the people who reported him missing could care less or the people asking the questions could care less? Obie Cooper's profile was taken from a very well known missing children website from Los Angeles.
On the FBI website for Kidnapped and Missing Persons, they only have 86 people listed as the writing of this article. Should we believe there are only 86 people that should be listed on the FBI's website. Under their category of Parental Abductions, they only list 25 parents suspected of abducting their own children. In many cases this is a federal crime and I think it's safe to say they should be looking for information on more than 25 parents.
Yes, from a third party perspective it is very easy to look at all missing persons databases and find flaws, but that's not the point. The point is; all of the missing persons platforms worldwide do not work as they should. Closing a missing person case should not always be by a body recovery. Most missing people are found deceased, that's not the resolution any of us want but as a society its become the norm and what we expect to eventually hear.
The horrifying fact of the matter is, most abducted people are killed within the first three hours of being abducted. I won't go into the details leading up to this fact, but we cannot accept this outcome as a people and all of us as a community need to change the way we live and our expectation of those we trust to protect us.
I bet you've never heard of CARD Teams . . . I didn't think so. Most people haven't and I've never spoke with anyone in law enforcement who is tasked with searching for a missing child who has ever heard of CARD Teams. CARD Teams = Child Abduction Rapid Deployment. This is the name of the FBI division available to quickly get on the search of a missing child, anywhere in the United States. Since Obie Cooper on the left recently went missing just this month, I wonder how many members of the West Coast CARD Team are actively searching for him. My experience tells me, most likely local law enforcement hasn't requested assistance from the CARD team. They haven't requested assistance because they don't want help, they typically never heard of a CARD team and don't know the resource exists. And no, none of us truly know what his circumstances are leading to his disappearance. Maybe he was mixing with the wrong crowd, maybe he ran away, maybe he was murdered . . . we don't know.
Here is a link you have to visit to learn more about CARD Teams and how they function. There is a podcast to play too. Then visit this page and read the success stories that are as anonymous as most bogus testimonials you'll see on every marketing or service oriented advertising.
The issues mentioned in this article are only the tip of the iceberg of problems plaguing the missing persons systems worldwide, it's not limited to the United States.
THIS IS PART ONE OF A MULTI SERIES INVESTIGATION INTO HOW CAN WE CREATE A BETTER SYSTEM - Check back for updates.