So yesterday I posted a third list of MP cases and their Facebook pages. But it occurred to me later that, as the previous two lists have link rot (being made prior to this year’s re-design of Charley), and as Facebook is such a valuable resource for missing persons awareness, maybe I should make this a more permanent thing.
So ta-da! If you look at the very top of this blog, it’ll say “Home” and “About” and, now, “Facebook Pages“. I’ve made a current list of exactly 600 MP cases from Charley and their respective Facebook pages. (Including open Facebook groups about the case, but excluding closed groups.)
I plan to keep this list current as cases are added and removed. Enjoy!
So both NamUs and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office give Chelsey Coe’s disappearance as July 1, 2017. I found this article her mom reported her missing in July after last hearing from her in June, but then this article saying she was last seen in August and her mom last heard from her in “June or July.”
If Chelsey disappeared in June, I can post her now, and I’ll be able to post her either now or soon if she disappeared in July. But if she went missing in August this case will have to wait at least another month.
Since she was last known to be living with some man whom I gather is a suspect in her case (they did search his yard with ground-penetrating radar after all), perhaps no one knows precisely when she went missing.
So I found two more runaways with active Facebook pages (one Facebook page was sent to me, the other I found on my own). Wearily, I called the NCMEC about it. Shockingly, both girls are, in fact, still actually missing. The NCMEC thanked me for my info about their Facebook pages.
About Pride Month: much as I want to support the LGBTQ population, I don’t think I’m going to do that again. The problem is that, unlike, say, race, being LGBTQ isn’t a distinguishing characteristic, and most of the time I simply don’t know what an MP’s sexual orientation is. I don’t specifically mention it on casefiles anymore unless it’s relevant to the case. And so, I had a hard time coming up with enough LGBTQ missing persons to do one for every day in June, though I’m sure there are a thousand or so of them on my site.
I do, however, plan to run MP cases every day for the Hispanic and Native American populations’ respective months, as I did for the African-Americans and the Asian people. National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15. Native American Heritage Month is in November.
So I wrote up a runaway case off the NCMEC. Her name is Breanna. After I wrote up the basics from her poster, I was doing more research on the case for details to add to her casefile. She wasn’t in NamUs. I soon discovered why: an article saying she was found safe in August 2016.
I called the NCMEC about this and yup, she was found safe almost two years ago. But she’s still on their website. This is like the sixth time this has happened.
NamUs did have another Breanna listed, a young woman, so I decided to post that case instead. And the same thing happened: I wrote up the case with the NamUs details, then on further research discovered this Breanna had been found murdered in January 2017, only a few months after she disappeared. And she is still on NamUs.
I am seriously fed up.
Yes, I am aware that Simorali Nieves has dark skin and textured black hair. No, I did not make a mistake when I wrote her race down as Caucasian. Yes, I double-checked. Every source I could find says she’s Caucasian.
So if a mistake was made, it wasn’t mine; I have to work with what I’m given. I am hoping this post will stop some people from emailing me “correcting” her casefile.
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.