To say the least we know how frustrating it is to try to offer law enforcement information that might lead to the whereabouts of a missing person.
Successful dessimination of information is critical and key yo a successfu; search. Keeping the channels of communication open is a must.
It isn't easy to approach law enforcement with information.
The channels are often cold and the response is shallow.
Many receptionists should have a job wrapping mullet not answering a phone for the county where the PR starts-at the receptionist.
The information officer should quit hating everyone who calls and accept every tip as if it were the last for life.
I was approached recently for information by an agent. The meet did not go well. He acted as if I could not offer him a body that my info was not key. Hey guys, missing person do not normally jump up and shout, hey, I'm over here. It is not that easy.
Remember the newspaper stories of missing person alerts? And the posters we place out on light poles, in stores, on trees along sidewalks, and other key areas?
The posters usually contain a photo of the missing individual, a description, when missing, and then there is that little note at the bottom of the poster that says...
Anyone with information is asked to contact such and such sheriff department or the FBI crime line at the following numbers. Then it gives the numbers.
That is all well and good. Well. pick up the phone like I have recently and here's what you often get...
Oh, I'm sorry, but the courthouse is closed for lunch and the calls are forwarded here to the jail and we do not have any information here.
No, there is no one whom you may speak with as they are all gone to lunch.
I call back at 3:30 and a different voice answers and tells me the people on the poster who said call have gone for the day or are out and they don't know when they will return.
No, I cannot give you their cellphone number.
Ok...once I do get someone on the line it is this gruffy voice...I tell them that I am calling about so-and-so and have informatin from an informant.
I am asked what relatinoship I am to the missing. Well, I am one who read the poster and I now him or her and I have informatino for you.
Then I am asked what involvement do I have with the case? I repeat none and that I am giving important information that might be key to the case.
I called one recently and was asked had a crime been committed? I told them I didn't know but they would not know if they did not go out and talk to this person.
Back to the informant. The sergeant tells me that he does not want to waste time talkiong to me but wants to talk to my informant.No way in heck ar eyou going to talk to my informant whose confidence is vital to other operations.
The agent refuses to accept my info becuase he is pouting now unless he can save himself some time and tlak to my informant.
There isn't enough money for me to sell out an important informant, fahter, dad, mother, sister, friend, or anyone else who trusts me with thier lives.
To make it short...Posters shoud begin to read "anyone with information should contact the Sheriff office at...or you may contact The Missing Person Project at 229-559-4996.
A reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible or information leading to the location of the missing person dead or alive.
There are other avenues to get your tips out there. We shoud all organize something in our neighborhood with local private investigators and advocacy groups who will be key yo our getting information out there.
There are plenty of ways and one does need a badge to be a competent citizen.
Since we have orgnaized the Missing PersonProject in our area through Silent Ministries, Inc our phones have begun to ring with citizens with info on local missing person and tey are not afraid of us and will talto a comfortable person.
After a few meetings with other private investigators and citizens we have bult slowly a avenue and method for making a difference and respectfully, wihtout the help of those cold, cold, hearts in blue.
Silent Ministries Recovery Outreach, Inc
Missing Person Project