Happy birthday, Charley Project!

Once again another birthday has rolled around for the Charley Project: having worked for months to set it up, I launched the site seven years ago today. It remains the largest missing persons site online, in terms of number of cases (though I think NamUs will eventually catch up and knock Charley to second place) and the most detailed one. It gets about 4,000 to 6,000 unique visits a day. (5,244 average this month, so far.)

Here’s to all the missing people out there, and their families who wait and wonder. I’m going to keep on keeping on with Charley for as long as I am able.

14 thoughts on “Happy birthday, Charley Project!

  1. dedekeene October 12, 2011 / 1:50 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLEY PROJECT& GOD BLESS YOU MEAGHAN!
    I can tell you not only is CHARLEY PROJECT the largest BUT MOST EXSTENSIVE MOST INFORMATIVE.may you continue the hard diligent work for the sake of the MISSING and their FAMILIES!
    HUGS dede & dale

  2. marycarney October 12, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    God bless you for your untiring work. Here’s hoping you work your way out of a job someday. Wouldn’t that be great?

  3. Tracey Reitterer October 12, 2011 / 7:06 pm

    Happy Birthday, and congratulations, Meaghan on all the work you put into Charley Project informing the public about the lost & missing. Your time, passion and superb work are most appreciated!
    Tracey in Baltimore, MD

  4. Kat October 12, 2011 / 8:07 pm

    Happy Birthday to Charley, and again to you Meaghan. What you do is so important, always know you are appreciated!

  5. Lisa October 12, 2011 / 11:07 pm

    I first discovered your work on the MPCCN back in 2002. Have hardly missed a day since. You do this all yourself, which is amazing! Thanks for all you do for all the missing out there.

  6. Jane October 13, 2011 / 9:37 am

    Happy Birthday. You are an inspiration and I applaud your work as well as the way you overcome the physical obstacles in your way. Battling pain every day is exhausting. I always check Charley because sometimes I can find things- a lost ear ring, someone’s keys at the lake, the checkbook. My hat’s off to you, God bless.

  7. Kat October 13, 2011 / 12:45 pm

    This is totally off topic, but am I the only one getting a weird feeling about the Lisa Irwin case? I just keep thinking….Sabrina Aisenburg…..

    • forthelost October 13, 2011 / 3:23 pm

      I am getting the Sabrina Aisenberg feeling myself, but in more of a “people think the parents acted funny so they must have done it” sense. Of course they may turn out to be involved, but I haven’t seen any evidence of that.

      • Meaghan October 13, 2011 / 3:26 pm

        It really pisses me off when people assume the parents must be involved because they “acted wrong” or something. Like the way certain people assumed I must have been making up my account of being raped because I didn’t seem traumatized enough. As if there was an instruction manual for those situations!

      • Kat October 13, 2011 / 3:38 pm

        That’s what getting me. Is the assumption is the parents, but the evidence so far released says otherwise. The circumstances seem similar to me. Middle of the night, no disturbance, etc. Sabrina was younger, but that doesn’t mean anything I guess, esp. if you consider her abducter was never found and any pattern identified. It’s odd, damned odd. There have been other babies abducted, but this one gives me such a weird feeling….oh, and the parents can act however they want. In my opinion, the old tried and true “you must be hysterical” doesn’t hold anymore. The more time wasted (not just in this case either) nailing the parents, the more time lost in finding the baby.

      • Meaghan October 13, 2011 / 5:11 pm

        If the parents really had abused Sabrina and killed her, you’d think there would be problems with their other kids too. But there are no reports of her siblings being mistreated. I looked up her older sister and found out she’s a freshman at the University of Maryland now, running for class president.

  8. forthelost October 13, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    There were people who said Breann Rodriguez must have been killed by her parents because the time they said she got up was too late. When the neighbor was arrested I don’t remember any of them apologizing.

    • Meaghan October 13, 2011 / 5:12 pm

      Well, after Breann was found murdered, I doubt her parents very much cared what people had said about them.

      • forthelost October 13, 2011 / 5:26 pm

        I was just indicating how people love to point the fingers at parents with the flimsiest of excuses.

        Curiously enough, this is never extended to a parent who actually has caused the disappearance of the child by abducting them.

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