Missing Children Blog

The missing children blog was just cited by CNN as a source – I think for a picture they had of a missing teenager found today.

A challenge in developing online resources for missing people is whether to work to support many websites and thereby increase the “online footprint” or try to direct everybody concerned to the key websites for missing people.   I don’t have an opinion yet, but I’m leaning towards the “many websites” idea because there are so many search terms related to these cases that the chance of somebody “bumping into” a missing person picture or solution or case is better with more sites.

Search and Rescue is generally a very different category of missing persons investigation.  This blog was to focus more on those cases but I’ve found far fewer SAR cases hit the news than I’d thought.    The Kim Family search and the Mount Hood rescue in Nov-December 2006 quickly became international news but it seems they both had a lot more “traction” than any Search and Rescue cases since that time.    Still not clear to me if that means selective attention or a lack of unresolved SAR cases.

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3 Responses to Missing Children Blog

  1. Fools Gold says:

    Categories have monetary value.

    Consider the massive publicity about “missing and exploited children” when in reality most of the ‘missing’ are runaways or throwaways.

    Consider the SAR for David Boone in Orange County: a lot of the search effort was due to his ties to the Mormon church and to his membership in the local Saab owners club. Yet for an abducted teenage girl in Kansas City, there is an almost instantaneous turnout of massive numbers of “searchers” many of them wearing corporate logo tee-shirts so that their employer gets good photo ops.

    The problem with ‘many websites’ is similar to the ‘many posters’ some of which are still in storefront windows six months after the missing kid case has been resolved. Look at some of those online flyers and some of them even forget to mention what state the kid is missing from or how old the kid is now and how stale the case is.

    SAR cases are usually ‘local’ despite the recent cases wherein search areas started out as “The Pacific Northwest” or “The Pacific Ocean”. The type of assistance is often known in the SAR cases. In a missing kid case, there may be travel to a known relative or friend or there may be abduction. The Oregon teen girls who were missing had ‘FBI types suggesting “internet lure” when the local teenage girls were suggesting ‘that creep that stares at our breasts each morning at the bus stop’. How much help is an internet site going to be is some situations? How much help would a zillion uncoordinated sites really be?

  2. Kathryn says:

    We need your help getting the word out. The more people who know about and download this free non profit screen saver that shows missing children as they become listed is important. The first few hours after a child is missing are critical. Now everyone can help, please read on…..

    August 1, 2007
    NCMEC Communications
    (703) 837-6111
    Ron Koning
    Global Software Applications
    (814) 342-3120

    Rotating Missing Child Pictures When the Computer is Idle
    Washington, D.C., August 1, 2007 –The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) today announced a new tool for engaging the public in their search for missing children. “Missing Kid Saver” is a screensaver that will use idle computer power to display important images and information about missing children as soon as they are listed as missing. The software is an opt-in service and is available for free download at http://www.missingkidsaver.com. Global Software Applications (GSA), a private software company based in Philipsburg, PA, developed the software.
    “Nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the U.S. and thankfully, most are recovered quickly,” said Bob O’Brien, Executive Director, Missing Children Services at NCMEC. “Unfortunately, there are many who don’t get to go home right away and for those that remain missing it is vital that we all get involved in the search.”
    “The first few hours a child is listed as missing are critical, having the screen saver update the missing children as soon as the become listed will help improve the chances of someone recognizing them and reporting it” said Ron Koning Vice President of Global Software Applications.
    “Once downloaded to a user’s computer, “Missing Kid Saver” will function like a normal screensaver, appearing when the computer is left idle for a set period of time. It will rotate images of missing children that correspond to the user’s region or the entire country depending on what they chose to download. The images and information are pulled from NCMEC’s database in real time, so as a child becomes listed as missing their picture is broadcasted.” Added Mr. Koning
    “Almost everybody knows that in the idle mode their computers display a nice picture, swimming fish or others. Now everyone can put all that wasted computer power to work for a noble cause helping get the word out faster and to a wider arena,” said Ron Koning, Vice President of GSA. “Think about the impact when schools, libraries, police barracks, fire stations and large offices display the missing child photos on their computers. A computer in a larger office space or at home works like an E-Billboard. Rotating pictures on a computer screen draws attention; it makes people talk, opens up discussions and in the best possible scenario reunites a family.”
    “Missing Kid Saver is a partnership of NCMEC, GSA, and all those who are online and want to help search for these children,” said O’Brien. “We’re offering this new tool because we know that photos work. In fact, one in six of the children featured in our photo distribution effort is recovered as a direct result of the photo. This is an opportunity to work together to help bring missing children home.”
    About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping protect children from abduction and sexual exploitation. NCMEC’s congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 494,000 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 133,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 115,700 children. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit http://www.missingkids.com.
    About Global Software Applications (GSA)
    GSA, a privately held company based in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, creates business center computer software (Internet Kiosk software) distributed by its dba SurferQuest. The company further specializes in custom-made software for Self-Service systems, Wayfinder and other dedicated applications.
    Halfway into 2005, Global Software Applications/ SurferQuest introduced an interactive real-time publication of missing child photos on their public computers in hotels, resorts and internet cafes and was referred to by the Associated Press as “Modern Day Milk Cartons.”
    # # # #

  3. markofando says:

    Want to start your private office arms race right now?

    I just got my own USB rocket launcher 🙂 Awsome thing.

    Plug into your computer and you got a remote controlled office missile launcher with 360 degrees horizontal and 45 degree vertival rotation with a range of more than 6 meters – which gives you a coverage of 113 square meters round your workplace.
    You can get the gadget here: http://tinyurl.com/2qul3c

    Check out the video they have on the page.


    Marko Fando

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