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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Tiffany Sessions missing: Father of missing student urges parents not to give up on missing kids – CBS News

Missing kids. 125? Or 58,200? Depending on who you ask, the numbers are all over the board.

Stranger “stereotypical” kidnappings, which tend to be more long-term kidnappings by strangers, are rare. These are situations where a child is held overnight, transported 50 miles or more, ransomed, killed or held hostage on a more permanent basis. This type of kidnapping occurs less than 150 times a year.

But non-family abductions, which are more short- term kidnappings oftentimes occurring for reasons of sex and/or robbery, are a much more prevalent problem. There are a reported 58,000 every year.

One thing is certain; all these types of abductions are serious threats to our children and can be a long and sometimes heartbreaking journey for their families.

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Local Walton County, FL Officials Promote Missing Child App

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to use a new tool to help if your child goes missing.

In 2002, the FBI created an app that allows parents or guardians to store vital information about their children right on their phone.

Parents can add things like physical identifiers, such as height, weight, hair color and a photograph of the child.

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Series: Fort Smith Police Continue Work On Unsolved Missing-Persons Cases | Times Record

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When a person goes missing, detectives assigned to the case check all possible leads. Sometimes, those leads garner results and the person is found. Other times, the case goes cold.

In those instances, the Fort Smith Police Department has posted information on its website, http://www.fortsmithpd.org, for all people reported missing in the city and whose cases have gone cold.

The department first posted the page in 2006 as a way for anyone with information on a missing person and an Internet connection to easily reach a detective working the case.

Each new detective in the Criminal Investigations Division is assigned a cold case with which to become familiar.

As of today, the department has seven unsolved missing-persons cases: Anthony Ross Allen, Linda Louellen “Lindy” Reynolds, Verna Sue Hollingsworth, Lori Murchison, Gerald Bingham, Junior Lee McCormick and Norma Alicia Luevano-Garcia.

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NJ special unit unites missing people with loved ones – New Jersey Herald

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Each year between 12,000 and 14,000 New Jerseyans are reported missing and, while the outcome may not always be favorable, the vast majority of those people are located.

“Between 98 and 99-percent of those people are located, recovered or identified,” Lt. Louis Andrinopoulos, the head of head of the state police’s Missing Persons and Child Exploitation Unit, told mycentraljersey.com (http://mycj.co/1paR1Kt). “That’s because of officers’ training and their commitment to find these people.”

The Missing Persons Unit, which consists of one civilian analyst and eight troopers, was established by legislation in 1984. It is one of the few law enforcement units in the United States which comprehensively addresses the many facets of the missing persons problem.

The missing persons unit “is the clearinghouse” for the state of New Jersey,” Andrinopoulos said.

“We keep track of all the FBI’s NCIC (National Crime Information Center) entries,” he said. “We are the primary investigating agency for the Amber alerts, international abductions, also known as Hague treaties, and Safe Haven infants that are abandoned. We work with the medical examiner’s offices to try to identify unidentified deceased people.

“We have an idea of who is missing and can query databases to see if there are possible matches,” he said. “We also get involved when a local, county, state or federal agency needs assistance with cases – from a missing child to an unidentified person.”

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