Restricted and resolved posts

I mentioned this in an aside earlier, but I thought I would explain the NCMEC’s “restricted” cases, at least as far as I can understand them.

I was reading a reddit thread today and in some recent posts, they were talking about the Charley Project and someone said all you have to do to see if a child is missing is to put their name into the NCMEC search engine so why did I bother to put up recovery notices for the NCMEC children I had on my site?

Well, part of the reason is: no, you can’t actually tell for sure if the kid was recovered, just because their name is no longer viewable in the NCMEC database. They have a thing called “restricted” which means the child is still missing but the NCMEC wants their posters pulled out of public view. Now, there can be a lot of reasons for them to want that. I’m not going to question the organization’s motives or judge them for it. It’s just that my rule is “the person is listed as missing until they find him/her living, or the body.”

Sometimes a case is only listed as “restricted” for a little while before it goes back up. Sometimes it takes years before it goes back up. Sometimes it stays gone forever, even if the child is still missing. To say nothing of the many missing children that never make it into the NCMEC database to begin with. So looking a child up in their search is not a very reliable indicator as to whether they’re missing or not.

Also, there’s a second thing related to my resolved pages that I’ve been asked repeatedly about. In fact, some people who don’t know the truth have been making wildly incorrect statements about this matter, which is why I want to set the record straight. And it is this:

If a person disappears, and is subsequently found (living or dead, it doesn’t matter) and this is listed on Charley’s resolved page, and that formerly missing person or a relative of that formerly missing person or the relevant police department contacts me and asks me to remove the resolved notice, I will do it readily and without asking questions. Since I store every email I get, I can provide proof of this. The only time when I would refuse to remove the notice is if it was a family abduction case and the abducting relative is telling me to do it.

That is all I have to say about that.

A favor to ask of you all

While researching for case write-ups today I came across the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Missing Persons Pinterest Board. The board provided me with information on three cases that, as far as I know, can’t be gotten elsewhere.

If anyone knows of any other police departments’ missing persons Pinterest boards, I would love to hear about it. Just searching Pinterest for “missing persons” didn’t get me anywhere.

Make-a-List Monday: GED earners

This list is for MPs who have a GED, short for general education development. For the uninitiated, the GED is a series of tests you can take to get your high school equivalency if you dropped out of high school or got expelled or something.

In theory, if you pass all the exams and get your GED certification, it’s the same as having a high school diploma. You can, for example, enroll in two-year colleges and some four-year colleges with just a GED. However, Wikipedia says “The GED certification itself (i.e., without further post-secondary education or training) does not create the same labor market opportunities available to traditional high school graduates.” And according to this site, opportunities are also extremely limited if GED holders want to enlist in the military, unless they get some college credit first.

So stay in school, kids.

  1. Lucely Aramburo
  2. Adam Brundage
  3. Kristen Elizabeth Charbonneau
  4. Steven Alexander Clark
  5. Adrianne Gilliam
  6. Jael Tiara Hamblen*
  7. Bilial Lamir Hammette
  8. Wendy Lynn Huggy
  9. Avi Keys
  10. Gene Wesley Lyle
  11. Rebekah Rachel Miller

*It doesn’t say so on her Charley casefile, but Jael got a GED before she went missing.