Trying to keep all the cases current

I’ve addressed this before, the issue of how some databases are not updated as well as they should be, and sometimes they have people listed as missing who have actually been found already. You might ask me: what do I make sure such cases don’t make their way onto my site?

The short answer would be “the best I can.”

Some databases are such serious offenders in this regard that I simply won’t list their cases at all unless I have independent proof that the person is still missing. (Lookin’ at you, New Mexico.) But I’ve learned the hard way that NO database is completely free of listings of “missing” people who were actually found months ago.

I also do things like check for active social media profiles. If a database has Mary Smith listed as missing for over a year, but Mary Smith has a personal Facebook page and it is definitely her and it definitely had recent activity, chances are Mary is not missing.

This is hardly a perfect way of going about it, but it generally works pretty well most of the time.

6 thoughts on “Trying to keep all the cases current

  1. Patrick Kerrigan May 25, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Thanks for the insiders view of the efforts to keep the system up to date and accurate. Also it’s nice of the follwers to stay alert for the latest cold case that’s been solved, or a missing person who has been found or accounted for. A sort of team effort. We just need more team members.

  2. christie May 25, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Yeah the FBI is one for certain, that guy who had amnesia is still on there and Doe Network and he was resolved like 5 years ago.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan May 26, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    If the guy was accounted for, then the agency that entered him into NCIC, is responsible for removing him from the system. However, we have agencies that have not entered their unsolved violent crimes into the FBI’s VICAP database. The same goes for Medical Examiners who have not entered their unidentified deceased either.

  4. Christine May 27, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    You always do your best, you are the best!

  5. Kevin May 27, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    You do awesome work, but I think you need some assistance. It’s just too much. e-mail me at Not looking for anything, I care about the missing, and can help.

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