I wonder if anyone at NamUs would fix this

I can’t do it, but it would be really great, and make NamUs more user-friendly, if people would round up all the cases from each city (say, San Francisco, California) and make sure they’re listed under the city of San Francisco, California and nowhere else.

I decided, on a whim, to do San Francisco cases today. And this is what happens when I try to type “San Francisco” into the appropriate slot in the form:

sanfranc

I’m having to check all those misspelled ones and the ones in all capital letters or no capital letters see if there’s anyone listed under there. Sometimes there is, but sometimes there isn’t.

They really all ought to be listed under just “San Francisco” and nowhere else. I’m just sayin’. And other cities have the same problem. Here’s two other examples:

tampa

phoenix

Boy, I am tired of doing other people’s jobs

It’s got to the point where, when I start looking at the people on NamUs who went missing just over a year ago and can now be added to Charley, or at the runaways listed on the NCMEC (most of which are missing two years before I add them to Charley), I am initially unsure whether these people are REALLY missing or not. I would estimate 10% of the time or sometimes more, those people were found long ago and have just not been removed from the databases. A simple Google search will reveal that these people are not missing.

Given how well-funded and famous both NamUs and the NCMEC are, this is really inexcusable. I should not have to be checking on this; they should be at least reliable enough that the people they say as missing are, in fact, missing. I have written before about the real-life consequences this could lead to for the no-longer-missing person.

Honestly I don’t think it’s appropriate for NamUs to have people added that only disappeared a couple of days ago. It’s very unlikely that the NamUs database can assist in cases as recent as that, and very likely that the person will turn up one way or another, and often when that happens, for whatever reason they don’t get taken off NamUs and a year or more later they’re still on there.

I don’t know why it happens, whether it’s lack of money, lack of staff, some kind of bureaucratic tangle, just plain laziness, or what. I don’t know that much about the inner workings of NamUs or the NCMEC. I just know that this is completely unacceptable and a waste of everyone’s time and effort.

There’s nothing I can do about it, I suppose, and NamUs and the NCMEC definitely don’t listen to me, seeing as how I’ve been complaining about this issue for months. Just wanted to vent. Again.

Um…wut

Per the NamUs case for James Charles Stanford, “James had told family members before he went missing that he wanted to move to Texas or California to join a convent.”

But James is male. And not even a little child, a teenager. I’m pretty sure they don’t let teenage boys join convents. That has got to be frowned upon at the very least.

Do they mean a monastery maybe?

*Headdesk right through the desk to the floor*

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.

The new NamUs

So NamUs 2.0 has been launched and I have to say, I personally like the improvements a lot. It’s nice to have everything on one page, for example, instead of having to keep clicking through multiple sections. You can search for more than one state at a time.

Best of all, you can now follow more than 50 cases! I’ve spent the last day or so going through cases just following them. It’s going to take awhile obviously. But being able to follow more cases is just great for me.

Not on Namus, Part V

  1. Michelle Evette Albert
  2. Maria Dolores Alcorn
  3. Roger A. Anderson
  4. Japhia Baker
  5. Michael Henley Ballard
  6. Faizah Amatullah Bashir
  7. Nicholas Ryan Beck
  8. Dustin Lynn Bird
  9. Kimberly Diane Blanton
  10. Kristin Blass
  11. Monte Howard Bolton
  12. Sandy Loyd Bond
  13. Bryan Michael Brawner
  14. Stephen Phillip Brumley Jr.
  15. Ollie Letrell Cader
  16. David Allen Carver
  17. Jay Cee
  18. Ronald Chapman
  19. Tiffany Chavez
  20. Di H. Chi
  21. Antionette Renee Childress
  22. Charles Don Claunch
  23. Jeraldine Clemon
  24. Kathy Lynn Cook
  25. Lonnie McArthur Davis Jr.
  26. Daren Dixon
  27. Mary Douglas
  28. Lisa Marie Duran
  29. Jesse Allen Galloway
  30. Steve Garcia
  31. Sylvia Maria Gaxiola
  32. Christopher Landon Glass
  33. Kasandra Gonzalez
  34. Herschel Frederick Gray
  35. Herasmo Guillen
  36. Fletcher Gull
  37. Kathleen Ann Haney
  38. Treyozie Charles Hardman
  39. Sydil E. Harris
  40. Douglas Bruce Hayes
  41. Jose Benjamin Hernandez
  42. Tomas Herrera
  43. Steven Lee Hixson
  44. Christopher Hooks
  45. Luke Horde
  46. Kenneth Hudson
  47. William James Hummelsund
  48. Beth M. Johnson
  49. Joseph Phillenger Jones
  50. Kevin Michael Kelly
  51. Joe David Key
  52. Mei Ying Lau
  53. Keira Patrice Lawrence
  54. Anthony Tyrone Lee
  55. Areniz Del Carmen Lopez
  56. Julian Zesati Lopez
  57. Charles Jay Makey Jr.
  58. Ramiro Martinez
  59. Ramiro Ortiz Martinez
  60. John Matsui
  61. Keisha Nicole Smith Mays
  62. Michael Joseph McKay
  63. Rowdy James McMillian
  64. Leslie Gale Mears
  65. Billie Junior Meyer
  66. John Edward Morgan
  67. Rebecca Sue Morris
  68. Sheila Ann Morton
  69. Louis Carl Muller
  70. Diana Marie Murrell
  71. James Dennis Odell
  72. Daniel Michael O’Leary
  73. Yoseli Ortiz
  74. Ariana Yvette Osorio
  75. Marlene Palabichiny
  76. Alyssa Parker
  77. Kassaundra Denise Williams Patterson
  78. Moesha Pierce
  79. Tracie Dawn Phair
  80. Laura Pinon
  81. Gerald Lee Pollard Jr.
  82. Xochilt Ann Prado
  83. Lois Lee Robinson
  84. Steven David Rockstad
  85. Toni Rae Sanders
  86. Nathan David Schlatter
  87. Terri Lea Schlatter
  88. Robert Lee Sellers
  89. Colleen Jean Sharp
  90. Michael Douglas Shaver
  91. James Neil Shepard Jr.
  92. Laurel Leigh Silver-Valker
  93. Linda Mae Singh
  94. Marcus Smile
  95. Sailey Bannah Smith
  96. Veronica Hahn Smith
  97. Kevin Jay Stamp
  98. Jennifer Sterling
  99. Gilbert Ray Stewart
  100. Kelly Ann Stigar
  101. Robert Austin Tharp
  102. Wilfredo Torres
  103. Gilberto Milan Valdez
  104. Delecia Annette Waddy
  105. Sarah Elizabeth Watson
  106. Tyler Alan Welling
  107. Tiffany Susan Westford
  108. Jameson Willis-Carroll
  109. Dale Dion Wilson
  110. Linda Wu