It’s finally happened

Someone emailed me today with the name of a particular MP in the subject line. This is the entire email:

I don’t see where we need her entire life story. All we need to know was the details of where she was missing from, a few key details, her description and contact information if she’s seen. This went into a Long dissertation of half her life and her career.

And I replied,

And if I could do that with everyone on my site, I would — my motto is basically “the more info, the better.” You are literally the first person in the Charley Project’s nearly twelve-year history to complain that I have too MUCH information.

Sure, over the years I’ve gotten complaints about having some SPECIFIC¬†detail or other on a casefile, but never a blanket “TMI!”

The case wasn’t even that long really — the “details of disappearance” is just under 700 words. Peter Kema‘s has 1,916 words.

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5 thoughts on “It’s finally happened

  1. JaneDoe Allenstown September 5, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    You are right, “the more info the better.” Cases go unsolved because of fuzzy, incomplete information. Ironically, sometimes even family members are not aware of all of the info about a missing person that another collateral (neighbor, friend, schoolmate etc) has and if they had known that one seemingly minor detail, it would have positioned the investigation to go forward.

    • Meaghan September 5, 2016 / 6:08 pm

      Totally. After the elementary years, I think, parents — even good parents with a good relationship with their kids — often don’t really know their kids at all.

  2. Lauren Q September 5, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    So this person wants the MPs to be “just another statistic”s instead of people? That’s weird. The details of the narrative is oftentimes what makes a person’s case interesting and makes you want to see their case resolved. Otherwise how would the person’s case be memorable?

  3. Reo Watanabe September 5, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    As someone who’s filling out MPs and does of my own country on Reddit’s Missing Map, I can never stop to complain how Japanese LE gives too little information. What were they doing up until they disappeared? What are the circumstances of these John and Jane Does being found? I can barely find those circumstances online, especially on police websites. Other volunteer websites are not as bad, but the info still isn’t as extensive as what I’d get here.

    It gives me further appreciation for websites like Charley, and makes me wish that we have something like Charley (or NamUS, NCMEC, or Doe Network for that matter).

  4. Jill Uecker September 6, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    The more info the better! I have seen sites that just give the name, age and where the person is missing from. I don’t remember anything from those. They more like a statistic that a human being. It helps to know the missing persons story. I remember Jesse Ross because he disappeared at a mock United Nations conference. I remember Gina Bos because they found her guitar in the trunk of her car after she participated in Open Mic night at a pub. I would not remember them they were just faces and names. Thank you for all the details!

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