University of Oregon missing person case

Here is a news report.  Here is the latest info I found.  Daming Xu is a professor at the University of Oregon and has been missing for almost three weeks after a hike in the Oregon Wilderness of Central Oregon.  He had no jacket or supplies so his survival at this point is very questionable.   A week ago authorities scaled the search way back after some 5000 hours of search.   

I’m not a local news guy but I’m floored by how little attention this case received compared to the Kim Family case almost exactly one year ago.   I’m hearing about this thanks to blog comments at JoeDuck.com rather than news stories.    Clearly a disappearing family has a lot more power as a story than a single person, but it’s also interesting how some stories capture the national interest and imagination where others do not.    

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Autistic Hiker, 18, FOUND in West Virginia

More about this here.  Great – he’s found and OK

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Missing man in Portland

More here from FOX with picture.  This is a terminally ill man who may be disoriented.   Last seen at the Multnomah branch of the library.

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Alyssa Frank FOUND and is OK

Fox news reports:  A teenage girl was found alive and well after she sneaked out of her house to rendezvous with a high-risk sex offender she met on Myspace.com

Florida Amber Alert has been issued for Alyssa Frank, a 15 year old Florida girl in danger from a stranger abduction.  Click here for a complete description.

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Nailah Franklin update: body found

 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070928franklin,0,4263224.story?coll=sns-technology-headlines

This site, called “MissingExploited.com”, has a good profiling approach to this case and several others:

http://missingexploited.com/2007/09/22/28-year-old-nailah-franklin-missing-since-september-18-2007-in-chicago-il/

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Woman FOUND in Cascades National Park, Washington

Deputies appear to be close to finding a woman missing in Cascades National Park, Washington. A note has been found where she says she is heading downstream.

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Utah's Cleverley found dead, probably from a fall when hiking at Bridalveil falls, Provo

More here.  Police are still looking into foul play as possible, but it now appears unlikely that she was murdered or abducted.

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Missing Person Action plan

This article from Utah has tips for missing person action:

Info box: In case of a missing person

- Contact law enforcement as soon as possible

- Contact friends and family for information and to help in search effort

- Be prepared to answer questions: date and location of last contact, clothing and hairstyle the person was last seen in, known associates, habits and activities

- Make flyers with recent, detailed photographs, but without personal addresses or phone numbers

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Woman found alive after 2 weeks in Wallowa Mountains of Oregon

Amazing survival story here

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Steve Fossett, American adventurer, missing in Nevada

Story is here

Fossett was likely lost after takeoff from a ranch 30 miles south of Yerington NV and flying in the area south of that point.   Here’s a Google map of that area.

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