KEVN: South Dakota launches missing persons clearinghouse

KEVN: South Dakota launches missing persons clearinghouse. “The South Dakota Attorney General’s office is hoping to streamline the process by which missing people are found in the state. The new clearinghouse stems from SB 27, which passed both houses of the South Dakota State Legislature unanimously. The bill went into effect officially on July 1st.”

Web Site Aggregates Information on Missing People from Utah

Found via Reddit, a new Web site aggregating information about missing people from Utah: The Names That Matter. From the front page: “Our goal is to compare and compile all state and national databases of missing persons and unidentified remains to create a single reference record for each Utah case. We’ll keep you updated in our blog with information discrepancies and our efforts to contact these databases and resolve conflicting cases.”

The Hindu: Countrywide missing persons and vehicle databases go public domain

The Hindu: Countrywide missing persons and vehicle databases go public domain. “Citizens all over the country can now search for missing persons and check police records of any vehicle from a countrywide database. The citizen-centric services were launched by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) platform.”

Middletown Press: Montana extends deadline for missing persons database

The Middletown Press: Montana extends deadline for missing persons database. “Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force has extended the deadline for tribal colleges to apply for a grant to start and administer a database of missing American Indians. Officials say none of the state’s seven tribal colleges applied for the $25,000 grant by the Dec. 13 deadline. The task force voted last Thursday to extend the deadline to Jan. 25 with the goal of awarding the grant by mid-February.”

The Sociable: FindMeBahamas launches to find missing people after Hurricane Dorian

The Sociable: FindMeBahamas launches to find missing people after Hurricane Dorian. “Over 4,000 people in the Caribbean still have unknown statuses following Hurricane Dorian’s destruction in late August and early September. At one point Grand Bahama Island was almost completely covered by water while the Abacos were all but annihilated. To help find the thousands of missing people in the Caribbean, Trueface partnered with Bluestone Technologies Ltd, and today they launched FindMeBahamas.”

KSAL: KBI Missing Person Website Unveiled

KSAL: KBI Missing Person Website Unveiled. “The new site allows for searches by a missing person’s name, or by Kansas county. You can also search based on demographics such as name, gender, age, or the date the missing person was last seen. When using the site, individuals are able to submit tips, information, and sightings directly to the KBI.”

ABC: Google Earth leads to discovery of William Moldt’s remains, 22 years after he went missing

ABC: Google Earth leads to discovery of William Moldt’s remains, 22 years after he went missing. “William Moldt was reported missing in 1997 at the age of 40, after failing to return home from a night out in Lantana, Florida in the United States. A search was launched, but the case went cold — until last month.”

CTV: New high-tech web tool aims to enlist Canadians to help find missing kids

CTV: New high-tech web tool aims to enlist Canadians to help find missing kids. “Thousands of children are reported missing across the country each year but only a handful of Amber Alerts are issued, potentially leaving large numbers of people who might be able to help find them in the dark. Now, a new website that aims to reach far more people than is currently the case — especially those who might be close to where the child went missing — is launching on Tuesday.”

Miami New Times: Bahamians Crowdsource Social Media to Find Relatives After Hurricane Dorian

Miami New Times: Bahamians Crowdsource Social Media to Find Relatives After Hurricane Dorian. “…Bahamian residents have created their own search teams on social media, WhatsApp, and even Google Docs. Facebook groups that formed years ago to share local happenings are now being used to locate missing loved ones. A WhatsApp group chat with almost 300 members searching for relatives is at capacity. And locals are accounting for those who have been found safe through a crowdsourced spreadsheet.”

KUOW: ‘Our women are no longer invisible.’ Counting missing and murdered indigenous women from the Northwest

KUOW: ‘Our women are no longer invisible.’ Counting missing and murdered indigenous women from the Northwest. “Seattle’s Native community wants better data on missing and murdered indigenous women, and they’re taking it on themselves to make that happen. The Urban Indian Health Institute, the research arm of the Seattle Indian Health Board, is holding events where people can enter information about missing loved ones into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), a federal database.”

Billings Gazette: When government fails, indigenous women take their search for missing loved ones online

Billings Gazette: When government fails, indigenous women take their search for missing loved ones online. “Indigenous people make up 26 percent of Montana’s missing persons cases, but only 6.7 percent of the state’s population. That’s nearly 300 Native Americans reported missing in Montana in 2018 alone, according to the State Department of Justice. And though most eventually turn up, at the end of year when the still missing are tallied, Native Americans remain more than a quarter of Montana’s unfound.”

Montana Senate nixes funding to establish database for missing Native people

Billings Gazette: Montana Senate nixes funding to establish database for missing Native people. “A Busby lawmaker’s proposal for a grant program to establish a database of missing Native people among Montana’s Indian reservations failed to advance from a state legislative panel Wednesday.”

BBC: Australian police Google Maps blunder ‘missed location of body’

BBC: Australian police Google Maps blunder ‘missed location of body’. “A missing Australian’s body could have been found 18 months earlier if searchers had not relied on incorrect Google Maps data, a coroner has said. Darrell Simon, 46, was last seen in November 2014 at his partner’s house about 80km (50 miles) west of Brisbane.”