Called in to the NCMEC today

I’m writing up new cases and put together a certain case featured on the NCMEC database, a 16-year-old runaway girl, missing since September 2014. I drafted a casefile based on her poster, as per usual.

When I Googled her name I found she was on NamUs, but when I clicked on the link, it said “The case you are trying to view is restricted to authorized persons ONLY.” This usually means the MP has been located, but sometimes they do this for other reasons — like when they’re comparing the MP to a UID case and they’re pretty sure it’s a match and are just waiting to confirm. I investigated further and found a press release from August, saying two missing girls — including the one I was planning to post — had been recovered.

So I made a quick call to the NCMEC’s tip line (it’s 1-800-THE-LOST, translated to 1-800-843-5678) and told the nice lady what I found. She looked up the MP’s name and confirmed that yes, she had been recovered. It looks like she got left on the NCMEC website by accident. This isn’t the first time this has happened.

The hotline person thanked me and promised to take action. And now I shall move on to other cases.


6 thoughts on “Called in to the NCMEC today

  1. Emily November 2, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Great Job Meaghan!

  2. michael w. November 2, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    Holy heck, what an update to the Christopher Kerze case. I had actually thought he ran away and started a new life somewhere, but this puts a whole new spin on the case.

    But….suicide by shotgun has to be pretty rare, I would imagine. What a baffling case.

    • Meaghan November 3, 2016 / 10:44 am

      I’ve read about a number of shotgun suicides in my time. It’s not as easy or straightforward as using a handgun, due to the length, but it can be done. Usually the person either ties a string to the trigger and pulls that, or they pull the trigger with their toes.

    • Meaghan November 3, 2016 / 10:50 am

      Thanks. I’ll use their info for an update.

  3. michael w. November 4, 2016 / 8:56 am

    thanks for updating it.

    I’m as confused as ever on Christopher Kerze. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that his last known location would put him fairly close to the Canadian border. I’m not aware of any sightings of him after the fact though. i suppose he could have picked up ammo somewhere along the way, but why not just take it with him? those last two photos almost look like they’re mug shots, but I know they probably aren’t and I haven’t known him to be in any trouble.

    I need to read that lengthy article again. I was surprised when it said kids ran away all the time from there back then.

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