Sigh. This is really inexcusable.

So I added a runaway case from the NCMEC to Charley today and then had to pull it down within about five minutes.

The girl was missing from Cleveland, Ohio. Curiously, however, she wasn’t listed on either the Cleveland missing persons page or the Cuyahoga County missing persons page.

I began to smell a rat, checked Facebook, and found what I’m pretty sure is the girl’s Facebook page — an active one. Last posting was two days ago. If it is her, she’s going by a nickname for her legal name, and she’s put on a lot of weight and changed her hair significantly. But the Facebook girl’s nose looked exactly the same, the page said she lives in Cleveland, and the NCMEC poster noted that she may use the same nickname the Facebook page was under.

I called up the NCMEC hotline number (which I call often enough to have it in my cell phone contacts), to tell them about the active Facebook page. They told me she had been recovered already.


I understand that no database is perfect — certainly mine isn’t — but this kind of thing really should not happen. It wasn’t even that the NCMEC didn’t realize she wasn’t missing anymore; they did know. But they forgot to pull her poster.

Their right hand doesn’t know what their left is doing. If I hadn’t seen that girl’s Facebook page — and, being as it’s under her nickname, it’s not super obvious — and decided to call it in, who knows how much longer she would have been erroneously listed as missing.

This kind of stuff is more than just annoying to people like me, it can cause a lot of trouble for the person in question. Suppose this young lady decides to apply for colleges or jobs or something, and gets rejected because people Google her name and think she’s a missing child?

The NCMEC is a private organization, but it is funded largely by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, and it has a budget in the millions. It is also the most famous missing children’s nonprofit in the country. This kind of carelessness from them is unacceptable.


15 thoughts on “Sigh. This is really inexcusable.

  1. Gia Marie June 6, 2018 / 11:31 am

    This isn’t a private organization when its government funded. They have a mass amount of paid employees so there is a high expectation their database should be more than perfect seeing that law enforcement is required to update them. Unlike you and me where we have to co tact families and create FOIA requests just to get an update, which we are not state or government funded and do not get paid for what we do nevertheless a staff to justify it.

    • Meaghan June 6, 2018 / 11:35 am

      It is legally a private nonprofit. A lot of times the government will give funds to private organizations on the theory that a private org can do the job better than the government. For example, a lot of foster care and group homes for children are administered by private (often religious) nonprofits that get state funding to do so.

  2. christie June 6, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Yeah Remember I find this crap all the time with NamUs, I mean it’s just awful, remember I was told they don’t have time and it’s not a priority. It is like that one guy who had amnesia he is still on Doe Network and FBI page, WTF his case was resolved years ago and on 60 minutes and he was just faking it.

    • forthelost June 6, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      I can’t find a single amnesiac on the FBI site they are investigating.

      • christie June 6, 2018 / 12:37 pm

        I’ll find the guy. His name was or is Benjamin Kyle he was beat up at burger king. It looks like he has been updated now and the FBI removed him, I emailed them a while back with his info.

      • libraryjobber June 6, 2018 / 2:06 pm

        Benjaman Kyle’s real name is William Burgess Powell. He was identified by CeCe Moore a while back, but he wasn’t faking his inability to remember his real name.

      • christie June 6, 2018 / 2:21 pm

        I know I read the article on him. His real name wasn’t the issue it was the fact the websites didn’t update in a timely matter I was referring to that not him as a person or the ongoings with the outcome. And it was actually Colleen Fitzpatrick who made the family tree and collected the DNA. “Colleen Fitzpatrick attempted to create a family tree for Kyle, and based on DNA tests, cousins were identified from the Western Carolinas who collaborated with her to try to determine his identity. Fitzpatrick’s efforts were unsuccessful”

      • forthelost June 6, 2018 / 7:24 pm

        Even the doe link says he was identified.

  3. marsyao June 6, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    Interestingly, according to websleuths, Gail Deann Skelton was married twice – one with the surname Brewer in 1973, div. 1974, and once in April 1980 (the year she went missing), to someone with the surname Garcia. Looks like there was no records indicated she got divorce from the second marriage which occurred 5 months before her disappearance, I wonder how she could have a “fiance”, that Pat Malone guy, when she was still legally married.

    • Meaghan June 6, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      You have to be legally separated for awhile before you can be divorced. My guess is she separated from her husband and was seeing Pat and planned to marry him once her divorce was final.

    • christie June 6, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Marsyao, I saw that as well and it was very curious. I guess she filed for divorce later as it was in different states maybe the guy she filed the divorce with did her in as her infidelities sent him over the edge or the current husband found out and was furious.

      • marsyao June 6, 2018 / 2:45 pm

        Yeah, that makes sense, got married in April and her fiance died in June, just 2 months, wondering what kind of drama must been happening, wish LE had talked to her husband, could not find anywhere he was looking for her, interesting

  4. Shari Salem-Kizziar June 6, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    Hi Meaghan,

    What about adding this guy to your missing? I find his life quite fascinating and thought you had him listed at one time



    On Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 9:44 AM The Charley Project Blog wrote:

    > Meaghan posted: “So I added a runaway case from the NCMEC to Charley today > and then had to pull it down within about five minutes. The girl was > missing from Cleveland, Ohio. Curiously, however, she wasn’t listed on > either the Cleveland missing persons page or the Cuyahog” >

    • Meaghan June 6, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      He was on once, but I removed him after he was supposedly identified. Which turned out to be a false alarm.

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