Just helped find a missing person alive

So I need to be vague about the details to protect the guy’s privacy, but the Charley Project helped find a live missing person the other day. It’s the first time that I know of that this has happened. The website has been used before to match missing persons to unidentified ones, who were returned to their families, but all those people were deceased.

A flight attendant wrote to me to say there had been a passenger on her plane who (she didn’t say why but I assume he was acting strangely) caused the entire crew to be worried about him. They took care of him as best they could during the flight and, when the plane landed, delivered him to the custody of an airline employee who promised to look after him.

Once the cabin crew and the passenger parted ways, the crew was still concerned about him and decided to Google him and see if they could find out more about him. And when they did, his name and face popped up on the Charley Project: he’s been missing for years.

They chased down the airline employee they’d left him with. The employee was still with him, so the crew explained the situation and the airline employee and the man agreed to go to the local police department and get the situation sorted. He’s over a thousand miles from home but presumably that police department will make contact with the ones in his hometown.

The situation the man left sounds awful and he may be better off now, but he also clearly needs help. I’m hoping the authorities can reunite him with his family and get him the services he needs.

8 thoughts on “Just helped find a missing person alive

  1. Justin August 22, 2020 / 9:53 am


  2. rottimom August 22, 2020 / 12:53 pm

    That is such a wonderful outcome! Thank you for always looking out for those that can not speak for themselves.

  3. Raelynne McFadden (JANE DOES MISSING) August 22, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    ♥️♥️♥️♥️that’s great work, for all involved!

  4. missingmysteries August 23, 2020 / 10:57 am

    That’s awesome!

    OT: I’m watching a rerun on ID of “The Lost Women of NXIVM” (the cult run by Keith Reiniere) and one of these “lost women” has an entry here on Charley, Kristin Snyder. The “executive program class” she was seen at was run by the cult. The show interviews a few people who knew her (like her wife). One witness said that he had been told that Kristin was pregnant (by Reiniere) and that may have been a motive if she was a victim of foul play (he did not want children and made women get abortions). Her wife claimed that Kristin was forcibly removed from the class by NXIVM personnel because she was screaming that she was pregnant by Reiniere. They also had a handwriting analyst look at the supposed suicide note that was found, and she believes that the note found in her car was not written by Kristin. Interesting.


  5. Patrick Kerrigan August 23, 2020 / 6:57 pm

    Meaghan, the work you do contributed to the recovery of a missing person. That’s one down and thousands more to go.

    If only we could find a few more along the way. I wish the media would step up and get the word out about all the missing people. Who knows we might account for a few more.

  6. Pamela Haymond September 14, 2020 / 4:22 am

    Thank you, Meaghan. Been reading your list for years. What a wonderful service it is….

  7. Lee October 17, 2020 / 9:33 am

    ‘ Found alive in Tijuana’
    (Posted in ‘Orange County CA Lost & Found’ on Facebook)
    ——-possible match —- I called in last night to NCMEC
    Missing since 1981:
    Mary Hogland-McCluskey! (on Charlie Project)

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