When a missing person goes missing again

So a woman disappeared, and she was missing long enough to get posted on the Charley Project, so I posted her. I’ll call this woman Yvette. Then recently Yvette got arrested on some minor charges in another state. So I listed her case as resolved, explaining about the arrest etc.

I heard from Yvette’s sister-in-law. Apparently, she vanished again immediately after she got out of jail. and the family was frantic with worry. Could I relist the case?

I wasn’t sure what to do in this case. Presumably Yvette’s missing persons report had been closed when she was arrested; even if she has since been re-listed as missing with the police (and I wasn’t sure if she had been or not), didn’t her arrest kind of restart the clock? Like, wasn’t she now missing for a week instead of over a year, in which case she’d be ineligible for the Charley Project? It seemed that way to me but I wasn’t sure I had the heart to tell the relative I wouldn’t re-list Yvette’s case.

I decided to first settle the issue of whether Yvette’s is currently listed as missing with any law enforcement agency. I wrote back to ask the sister-in-law this. My email bounced. I can’t get in touch with her. Fooey.

It’s a very sad situation for the family. But I don’t know, if I were the police, whether I’d accept a second missing persons report. Yvette clearly does not want to be found.

6 thoughts on “When a missing person goes missing again

  1. Jamie April 18, 2021 / 4:41 pm

    I have to agree with you on this one. She has been missing a week if she is even missing at all!
    I have also noticed a s**tpile of people who just are running from the law that (it seems like) listed themselves or had family list them. So hard to distinguish.
    Just sayin.

    • Meaghan April 18, 2021 / 4:44 pm

      It doesn’t look like she had outstanding charges from the state she ran from. She was arrested for alleged offenses in the state she turned up in.

  2. Cris April 18, 2021 / 8:04 pm

    Well aren’t adults free to come and go as they please? Feel sad for her family but she isn’t obligated to have any contact with them.

  3. T.T. April 21, 2021 / 5:08 pm

    Aren’t you going to wait a year-plus to register her, like you always do?

    • Meaghan April 21, 2021 / 5:09 pm

      I don’t even know if she’s officially missing anymore. A person has to have a missing persons report filed with law enforcement to go on my site and as far as I know her report got canceled when she was arrested.

      • missingmysteries June 19, 2021 / 11:00 am

        I think you are correct in sticking with your parameters as to who is listed here. It is definitely an odd occurrence, and while she was previously listed, I agree that the clock restarts again if she’s been verified by LE, which apparently she has.

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