The NCMEC works in mysterious ways

I was going over the NCMEC site, looking through their databases again for any new cases, etc., that I might have missed, and am struck again by how arbitrary their classifications are.

In “endangered missing” they have many cases that were formerly classified as runaways and many that are definite family abductions. They also have several that should be in the lost/injured missing category, while none of the four people that are actually in that category ought to be there. Aundria Bowman is thought to have run away from her group home, Shanta Johnson and Hasanni Campbell were probably murdered by their foster parents, and Marti Hetzell is an adult missing who might have just left on his own.


8 thoughts on “The NCMEC works in mysterious ways

  1. Princess Shantae August 16, 2011 / 8:00 am

    I’ve noticed there’s hardly any real lost-injured-missing people on that site. There was a whole bunch of them after Hurricane Katrina but that’s about it. Do kids who get washed away in flash floods or lost on hiking trips just not make it onto NCMEC?

    • Meaghan August 16, 2011 / 8:46 am

      There are a few. Off the top of my head I can think of Jonathan Camacho and Avery Blakeley. They used to have Jewel Strong on there but she isn’t up anymore. And there are many cases of kids who disappeared in the woods or whatever and probably just got lost, although they could have been abducted.

  2. Jaime August 16, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    I can think of Garret Bardsley and Derrick Engelbretson. I hope I spelled their names correctly. There is also the 3 Hannibal Boys and if you search the google archives there are quite a few really old cases of missing kids that got lost in the woods or probably drowned in a creek. The Klein Brothers for example.

    • Meaghan August 17, 2011 / 3:43 am

      Actually, these days they’re thinking Derrick was kidnapped.

      • Princess Shantae August 17, 2011 / 8:58 am

        A kidnapper would be taking a hell of a risk to try and snatch a kid carrying an ax.

  3. Princess Shantae August 16, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    Kinda off topic but I keep forgetting to ask, how many cases do you have on Charley that are thought to be organized crime? Street gangs, Mafia, etc?

    • Meaghan August 17, 2011 / 3:44 am

      Dunno. Perhaps fifteen or twenty.

  4. Sara August 16, 2011 / 11:24 pm

    Do you know when/if the search engine will be fixed?

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