Frys store holds drill simulating a missing child incident – FOX 10 News |

PHOENIX (KSAZ) – It can be a terrifying experience for any parent, their child has wandered away or worse, been abducted while out shopping.

But one local chain has a plan in place for these situations. And Fry’s grocery stores held a drill for employees, to help train them on what’s known as the Code Adam system.

“Attention all associates, all associates, we have a Code Adam, Code Adam, 3-year-old boy wearing a white t-shirt,” said an employee over the intercom.

With the grocery chain seeing nearly three million customers a week, it feels it’s employees know what to do during an emergency.

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Missing Kid Monday: Search for hundreds in Virginia – – Richmond, VA News

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – More than 700,000 children go missing in the United States each year.

That’s equivalent to a child going missing every 40 seconds. Thankfully, most are successfully returned home, but there are others who disappear. Some get widespread attention, while may vanish without many taking notice.

The turning point in the search for missing children came decades ago, when Adam Walsh disappeared from a Florida department store in 1981. He was later found murdered, but his death inspired change.

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Stebic, Peterson families seek answers as ‘missing’ cases hit 7-year mark – Chicago Sun-Times

Lisa Stebic’s sister always knew.

She knew on May 1, 2007, the day a neighbor reported the Plainfield mother of two missing to police.

“I knew my sister was dead from the start,” said Debbie Ruttenberg, Stebic’s older sibling.

But in the eyes of the law, Stebic is a missing person, one of thousands of unexplained cases across the country: 119 from the Chicago area as of last week and 12 of those from Will County, according to one database.

She’s also one of two missing women who captured national attention when they vanished without a trace in 2007. Neither she nor Stacy Peterson, of Bolingbrook, were ever found, dead or alive.

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NAMUS offers way to share missing persons data – Chicago Sun-Times

It began with the dead.

An estimated 40,000 unidentified dead bodies 10 years ago in the offices of medical examiners and coroners nationwide — many of those officials with limited access to information about missing person cases from across the country — prompted the creation of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, a federally funded national repository of people who have vanished. It may be the most comprehensive database available to the public; the FBI refuses to release its own list.

“I think NAMUS is the response to that,” Todd Matthews, a spokesman for the organization, said about the FBI’s decision. “ ‘What can we share with the public?’ We have to find a way to share this information or it’s being lost.”

FBI officials insist their data on missing persons belongs to the individual agencies that submit it, and the FBI is “not at liberty to release it.”

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Here’s How Long It Takes the Internet to Forget a Missing Person | TIME

The Internet’s interest over time is measured by Google’s historical search volume index data, whose values reflect the number of Google searches made for a particular term relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. Downward lines represent declining popularity, according to Google, and thus the steep declines are one way to quantify how quickly missing people fade away from the Internet’s collective mind.

Just because an unresolved missing persons case has generated less interest online doesn’t mean it’ll be forgotten significantly faster.

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How Race Plays a Role in the Search for Missing Children of Color – The Root

A few weeks ago while attending the American Black Film Festival in New York City, I witnessed the short film Muted. Written by Brandi Ford, featuring Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and directed by Rachel Goldberg, Muted was only 20 minutes long, but the offering sat on my chest like a lump of steel for days afterward.

In the film a sweet, loving and creative African-American girl, Crystal Gladwell (Daniele Watts), leaves her home in the morning to go to school and is never seen alive again. Gleaned from the experiences of real African-American families forced to endure such terrible circumstances, Muted’s plot is an accurate depiction of what black families searching for their lost children can expect. A side storyline includes a white teenage girl, abducted at the same time, who is featured on the local evening news. Meanwhile, Crystal’s mother (Wilson) has to beg local journalists to cover the story, to no avail.

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Police: Number of missing teen reports from Auburn facility in 2014 dwarfs last year’s total

In all of 2013, there were 62 missing person reports stemming from missing children from Cayuga Centers in Auburn. After only six months, this year’s total has already doubled that — and more.

From Jan. 1 to Wednesday, police said the APD has received 252 total reports of missing persons in the city. Of that 252, 165 of those reports are from Cayuga Centers, 101 Hamilton Ave. Both values include repeat offenders.

In all of 2013, the police department received only 234 citywide missing person reports.

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Wireless Alerts Change Face Of Missing Child Investigations – WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

You’ve probably seen them on your phone – text alerts informing you of a missing or kidnapped child.

The wireless Amber Alert messages are a relatively new technology, which state investigators say can drastically improve the odds of bringing a missing child home.

“The whole idea is to get the information out to the public and spread it statewide,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Ryan Carmichael. “So that people can begin looking to see if they see a vehicle or person matching that description.”

The wireless system was only implemented in Georgia about a year and a half ago, but investigators say it’s already had a tremendous effect.

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Full Disclosure: NamUs database becomes powerful tool to find missing people | Star Tribune

Martin Franzel walked away from his Minneapolis home in 1963 and never returned. Aaron Anderson, 2, was last seen in his Pine City yard in 1989. This May, Cody Christle, 20, set off on foot from a friend’s Hinckley home and vanished.

These are three of the 147 Minnesotans in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), the first publicly accessible nationwide database designed to solve some of the most puzzling and agonizing modern mysteries.

It has only been five years since the database became fully operational. That’s surprising, given that the agency behind NamUs, the U.S. Department of Justice, has overseen the National Crime Information Center since it debuted 47 years ago. That massive database also includes information on missing persons and unidentified bodies, but it remains a tool of law enforcement that is off-limits to the public.

The true power of NamUs is harnessing the collective knowledge of family, friends and other interested individuals to match unidentified remains with the names of vanished individuals. Public users can add their own missing persons cases onto the list, correct errors, provide additional information and, in many ways, do their own investigation, long after the case has gone cold.

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Jacksonville man Arwayne Singhal’s disappearance reveals riddles of missing-persons casework

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More than 100 days have passed since a Jacksonville man vanished from his home on Cedar Creek Drive in Jacksonville.

Arwayne “Wayne” or “Kush” Singhal, 27, last was seen there between 5 and 6 p.m. Feb. 28, according to previous Daily News reports and statements from his wife, Mary Singhal, on her Facebook page.

Mary Singhal said her husband’s last words were “have fun” as she left their home, according to her Facebook post on March 25.

Investigators understand the hardships generated by a case of a missing person, whose relatives endure anguish and longing as questions linger about their loved ones.

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