Reporter’s reflections on missing persons investigation

The idea for KSBY’s missing persons investigation began in June 2015 in Minnesota, where I used to work as a reporter.

I traveled there, then on to Iowa, to take part in a 20-year-anniversary walk to remember news anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit. Jodi disappeared without a trace on her way to work at KIMT TV in Mason City, Iowa, on June 27, 1995.

Before moving to California to work for KSBY, I often covered Jodi’s case, along with the unsolved abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph, Minnesota. As a reporter for WCCO TV in Minneapolis, I got to know those victims’ families and see the pain they experienced not knowing what happened to their loved ones. Jacob and Jodi are still missing. I never will forget them.

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Arkansas AG to host 4th annual missing persons remembrance day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AG) – The Attorney General’s Office, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, will host its fourth annual observance dedicated to locating Arkansas’s missing children and adults on June 10th at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.

The “Never Forgotten—Arkansas Takes Action” event was established to raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and to honor Arkansas’s missing.

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Police toughie: When does missing person warrant big search? | Local –

CAMDENTON, Mo. – A teenager in Camden County who was missing since Saturday night returned home safely to his foster parents on Monday morning. Logan Peterson, 15, was the focus of a massive search operation late Saturday and all day Sunday.

Sadly, it’s a common call: teens disappear and parents frantically try to find them. They don’t always get a search crew.

“It really is just kind of up to: ‘How does it feel for us as investigators?” What do we see that looks odd, what do we see that looks like they are going to come home,” said Camden County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Scott Hines.

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Law enforcement encouraging cities to reopen missing person cases

Those that have loved ones who are missing will be the focus of law enforcement next week.

On Tuesday, law enforcement will reach out to families who are searching for missing members during a day called “Bring Alabama’s Loved Ones Home: Montgomery Never Forgets.” From 8 a.m. to noon, law enforcement will meet at the attorney general’s Office at 501 Washington Avenue to receive training and updates from professionals on how to reopen missing persons cases.

“It’s going to offer them additional tools and resources on databases to help law enforcement match up unidentified persons that may have passed away or have been found dead in other states with missing loved ones and get answers for these families,” said Samantha Stephenson, coordinator for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

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Put a face on Greater Cleveland’s faceless, missing children: editorial |

Kids gone without a trace. Did they run, or were they taken?

It is the unthinkable made worse by anonymity: Next to the prosaic details of their lives as recounted on the Cleveland police and Cuyahoga County websites that document missing children and adults — their names, ages, dates last seen – is a grey box with the words “Image unavailable.”

How is that possible, particularly with the Millennials who document their lives on social media sites such as Facebook and Bebo, Habbo and Pinterest?

“The parents have reported them missing, but they don’t have a photograph,” said Karen McHenry, who runs the homeless and missing youth program at Bellefaire JCB, the Shaker Heights-based nonprofit child welfare agency. “Maybe it’s because of poverty or because the family is transient.”

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Arnold teen back home, but some A-K Valley missing-person cases decades old | TribLIVE

Even with Twitter, Facebook, Amber Alerts and other tools, children and adults continue to disappear.

Some get back home. Others haven’t.

One common scenario is the case of 17-year-old Jaymee Bain of Arnold, who returned home on Friday after she was missing for almost two weeks. The polar opposite is the case of Cherrie Mahan, a Winfield girl who walked off a school bus almost 30 years ago and remains missing.

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