Oregon Local News – Missing persons database now lacks photos

SALEM — Oregon may be the only state in the nation that maintains an online database of missing persons without including photos of those individuals, according to a review by the EO Media/Pamplin Media Group Capital Bureau of state websites.

Not all states have online databases.

Oregon State Police stopped posting photographs on the state’s missing children/adults clearinghouse in July 2015, when the agency started adding adults to the database, said OSP spokesman Lt. Bill Fugate. The database previously had been devoted to endangered children.

“When we had photographs included, we were working with less than 100 of the most endangered missing children, and each case was individually posted to multiple pages on the Internet,” Fugate said. “Now that we are posting hundreds of missing children and adults in a semi-automated fashion, it is not possible to obtain and post pictures.”

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