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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LOST program will help ICPD find missing loved ones

A new Iowa City program will make it easier to locate children with autism or adults with Alzheimer’s if they become separated from their caretakers.

On Jan. 28, the Iowa City Police Department announced the creation of the Loved Ones Safe and Together — or LOST — program to help identify and locate individuals who are likely to go missing.

“For Alzheimer’s, or dementia in general, about 60 percent of people who have Alzheimer’s will wander at least once in their lifetime,” said Melissa Pence, executive director of the East Central Iowa Chapter. She estimates her organization serves over 1,000 people in Johnson County.

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How a single database of missing person cases could keep searches alive | BDN Maine

Twenty-seven years ago, Virginia Douglas and her husband, Frank Douglas, pulled into the Reny’s parking lot in Belfast so she could use the store’s restroom. Virginia Douglas reportedly walked into the store and was never seen again.

The couple had come to Maine on a spur-of-the-moment trip from their home in Lexington, Massachusetts. No one the local police interviewed at the store recalled seeing her. They even doubted she had ever set foot in Belfast, according to news reports at the time.

Police suspected Douglas may have been the victim of foul play, but they could never confirm those suspicions.

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When a loved one goes missing, there are no easy answers – Central Connecticut Communications: Bristol Press

When someone goes missing in Connecticut, how hard police work to find the person can depend on which agency gets the case, officials say.

“Some will go all out; some will just take a report. It’s the luck of the draw,” said New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski, who heads up a task force investigating the disappearance and murders of seven people whose remains were found in New Britain in 2007 and a few months ago. “The extent of the investigation depends on who you get.”

In a second interview, Preleski clarified those comments, saying, “To some extent, that’s true of anything in life.” He admitted there was no easy answer, but agreed that creating a less fragmented approach to investigating missing persons is “something we should think about.”

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Program Used to Find Missing At-Risk People Now Online | NBC 7 San Diego

A program that helps locate at-risk missing people will now be accessible online.

“Take Me Home,” a San Diego Sheriff’s Department program, helps locate missing at-risk people by accessing a database with their information. It is a free and confidential database service for law enforcement and members of the public.

Members of the public and loved ones can register their family members or themselves for that database. Prior to the launch of the database, people would have to print out an application and take it to a Sheriff’s facility to register the person for the program.

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Police have new missing person database – Fairfield, CT – Minuteman News Center

It was a mother’s nightmare.

Two years ago, in the middle of the night, an autistic teenager was found by the Town of Fairfield Police Department; barefoot, soaking wet, unable to communicate, and with no form of identification.

Police officers spent hours trying to identify the young man with no success. In order to ensure his safety, he was transported to a local hospital and Fairfield Police were faced with no other option than to await a 911 call from the young man’s family.

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Program speeds missing person searches | UTSanDiego.com

As the search for a missing woman with Alzheimer’s disease goes on in Julian, the sheriff’s department is reminding residents of a program that could speed up a search if a person at risk goes missing.

It’s called the Take Me Home program and it’s designed to provide searchers with vital information before someone goes missing.Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Sgt. Don Parker said there have been about 25 searches for Alzheimer’s patients this year and about 50 percent of all the searches in the county are for people with autism, Alzheimer’s disease or some other disability.

Search and rescue volunteers need a good photo and vital information right away, sheriff’s Capt. Todd Frank said. Along with pictures of the missing person, they need any tips on habits that might give searchers a hint of where to look and information on any medical conditions.

But that’s a lot for a family to provide during an already difficult time, Frank said.

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