Major facepalm here

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety has a missing persons database, but it is very poorly maintained. Specifically, they have a habit of not removing MPs once they are located.

The problem is so bad that it’s got to the point that I refuse to list MPs from the New Mexico DPS database unless I can verify from another source that they are actually still missing.

Case in point, something I just saw while checking the database for a case that’s on NamUs:


Yeah, Michaela? She’s on there twice as you can see. She disappeared on January 15 and then again on February 6. Same person, some photo. Camille has disappeared on November 23, January 18, and February 9.


17 thoughts on “Major facepalm here

  1. Christie M Groves March 29, 2018 / 9:16 am

    Yep, you know how this unnerves me too. GEEEZ, people are so lazy this is just lazy, at least Jessica Hager always fixes the stuff at NamUs for us.

    • Meaghan March 29, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Yeah. And the New Mexico DPS people are at least getting paid.

  2. Sheila March 29, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Yep, that’s New Mexico! Screwing things up since 1912. Beautiful place to live though, so we put up with the bureaucratic laziness.

    • Meaghan March 29, 2018 / 9:25 am

      Don’t forget the meth! Or has Walter White stopped breaking bad since the advent of Obamacare?

  3. Justin March 29, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    I’m still trying to confirm if Michelle Quintana who went missing from Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 8, 1987 is still a missing person. Nobody seems to know in New Mexico law enforcement.

    • Meaghan March 29, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Well, that’s annoying. If she’s not missing I’m going to be very embarrassed.

      • Justin March 29, 2018 / 6:51 pm

        I’m pretty sure she is, I just can’t get anyone to confirm it. If she was recovered, there was no mention of it.

  4. Ivana March 29, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Government employees can be extremely lazy. I hope someone sues that department

  5. marsyao March 29, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    In the case file of Manouchehr Nafar, his race is defined as Asian, but he was an Iranian, and Iranians are Caucasian/White despite the country of Iran locates in Asian

    • Meaghan March 29, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      I’ll look into that, decide what to do.

    • Vincent March 29, 2018 / 11:12 pm

      Indeed. Iranians are more Caucasian than anything else. And Farsi is an Indo-European language.

      • Meaghan March 29, 2018 / 11:58 pm

        I’ve altered his casefile accordingly.

  6. Diamond Lil March 29, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    It appears that some of these listed are chronic runaways and that is why they have different ‘last seen’ dates.

    While it would be better for the dept to remove the older resolved entries, if you cared to list them, then I’d go with the most recent date of last seen.

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