The National Crime Information Center stores data on missing persons who:
- Have a proven medical or mental disability
- Are missing under circumstances that indicate they may be in physical danger
- Are missing after a catastrophe
- Are missing under circumstances that indicate their disappearance may not have been voluntary
- Are under the age of 21 and do not meet the above criteria
- Are above the age of 21 and do not meet the above criteria and there is reasonable concern for their safety.
As of 31st December 2015 the NCIC system contained 84, 961 records.
On the average 90,000 people are missing in the United States on any given day.
Breakdown in stats by USA today, from 2014 FBI data. Apparently they like math and statistics more than I do. Since it’s percentages I would imagine the percentages are similar for 2016.
60% of missing people are adults over 18
40% of missing persons are juveniles.
52% of missing persons are male
48% of all missing persons are female
56% of missing persons are white
Among missing persons in the U.S., African Americans are overrepresented. They make up 33 % of overall missing persons while they represent 13% of the total U.S. population
The race of 7% of missing persons is not specified.
As of now, or pretty close to now, they don’t give a date, just 2016 there are 637,304 missing persons records and 850 unidentified in the system. They can be purged if the submitting agency discovers they have entered invalid data, the person is found, the person returns home, or another agency other than the submitting agency locates the person. But every day about 2,300 people are reported missing.
It seems every year as hunters go out to find their game, some will come across human remains. Others will come across clues, but not thinking about it, they don’t report them.
And that is what I hope to change with this column.
About a year ago I did a column Hunters, Trail Riders, Bikers and Hikers where I detailed what to do if you found something out of the ordinary while you were out hunting.
A brief reminder:
Hunters should be on the lookout for things like a pair of child’s shoes, a lady’s blouse or Prescription eyeglasses.
If hunters see something, Messer says, they should follow a three-step protocol: “Don’t touch. Document the location, and thirdly, when you leave the woodlands, report to law enforcement.”
So why am I bring this up again?
Lynn has been found. She went missing in July 2014. I knew both Lynn and her husband Kerry, though I knew Kerry better as he was involved in politics. If ever there was a “good guy” it is Kerry. He would only work for “just causes”. Pro-family for example, if you want to home school your children you should be able to do so. Staunchly pro-Second Amendment, he is trusted by both Second Amendment groups and politicians. Lynn ran the farm more although she also had her own areas of activism. They were one of “those” couple that genuinely enjoyed each others company. Kerry woke up early one morning July 2014 and Lynn was missing. And the nightmare had commenced.
The lived on a farm of about 250 acres. The area was searched thoroughly by law enforcement, and after they had searched all they could, family, friends and community members began searching again. They asked for trail riders to come help look, they had search and rescue dogs come search the area. And people divided up the area and walked trying to find any clues. Before it was all said and done, law enforcement had searched 400 acres, the farm and surrounding area. Volunteers ended up searching 5,000 acres. Five THOUSAND acres.
Lynn has apparently been found about a mile from the home. An area that had been searched extensively before. A family member was out scouting looking for a place to hunt. And that’s how the body was found.
The skeletal remains was found near eyeglasses, and had artificial hips. It sounds like the FBI are going to run the numbers on the hips and see if they match the number of the ones put into Lynn.
Kerry estimated that Missouri has about a half a million deer hunters. That is a LOT of eyes to be aware as they are out in the woods. When you add in trail riders, hikers and campers you have a huge search team strolling through the woods.
Not long after Lynn went missing Kerry started a group called Support the Hurting to help educate hunters and people in general to the good they could do.
So as we enjoy the beautiful fall weather, if you are out in the woods at all, for whatever reason, please, keep your eyes open. You could help bring closure to a grieving family, and perhaps allow them to begin to heal.
My heart breaks for this family. My prayers go out to them.