An odd difference in the sexes

I’ve been going through the Washington State Missing Persons Search looking for new cases. If you view too many casefiles in one day they kick you out of the system till the next day, so I’m just copying the names and Googling them instead, and then viewing the casefile if I can find a picture of that person. My search bore much fruit with the men. I found 18 cases. But I’m halfway through the women and I haven’t found anything. Plenty of articles, but no pictures. Phooey.

I will keep trying.

3 thoughts on “An odd difference in the sexes

  1. Nicole November 17, 2010 / 12:35 pm

    What’s dumb is that at the bottom it says to contact them if you want to see the photo or have it put up. What is the point of listing all those cases, many numerous times, if they don’t want to take the time to post the pics. I mean, if they are taking the time to post the same person ovr and over, why not upload the pic? If they are missing, wouldn’t their be a need to see their pic in case of a name change or unidentified body was found? Seems like whoever is managing that site is doing a poor job, like they really don’t care at all.

    • Meaghan November 17, 2010 / 12:40 pm

      I agree. It’s very annoying. Sometimes pictures aren’t available, but on several occasions I’ve googled the name and found many pictures in press reports etc.

      I went through all the women and found all of ONE I could post.

  2. Kevin G. McCoy November 22, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    Nicole,

    Hi – I am the author/webmaster of the Washington State Missing Persons web site.

    Here in Washington State, law enforcement agencies have to pay extra for the software necessary to upload missing persons pictures to the State Patrol database. Since there is no State funding for this, small towns and rural counties can’t afford it, and they fail to buy this package.

    Like you, I wish that *every* missing persons report had a picture, and I say so on the site.

    Hopefully some of the law enforcement agencies that do not have the picture transmission software will buy it if enough people ask for it.

    Since our web site taps directly into the Washington State Patrol database, we can only display pictures that are already in there. The entire web site is completely automated, so there is no way to manually insert pictures or reports. You are looking at the actual police reports in near real-time.

    The reason there are “multiple hits” on a single missing persons case is that sometimes the age or other critical data is vague or left off the police report entirely.

    Rather than hide reports with vague information, I show them several times, in case the user is searching for someone that is 18 years old and the police report says the missing person is 16-20 years old.

    Some people go by multiple aliases, and multiple birth dates (really!), and that can also cause them to show up several times, if you search by name or birth year.

    If you’d like to discuss it further, please call me at 360-486-2380 or write me at kmccoy@waspc.org.

    Best regards,

    Kevin G. McCoy
    IT Manager,
    Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs

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