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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #255 on: May 28, 2017, 08:49:09 AM »
Sometimes people run far, far away changing their lives (and their families) due to a crime

It's hard to tell what may have caused him to run - perhaps a disclosed mental illness, or perhaps outstanding charges connected to an assault and weapons charge. But, Anton Pilipa disappeared five years ago. And, his brother Stefan continued to look for him.

Originally the anti-poverty activist living in Toronto, Montreal and British Columbia went missing in 2012 and was found in Brazil when highway police in November 2016 picked up an itinerant man without identification.

"I knew he didn't belong to that road. Anton is a different type from us Brazilians, he stands out," Brazilian-Canadian Police Officer Helenice Vidigal said. She searched online and Twittered Stefan who didn't want to get his hopes up. He launched a drive to raise money for the trip, but by the time he got there, his brother fled the hospital and headed to the Amazonian jungle. He was soon found in a Manaus hospital where Stefan picked him up in January and brought him in February 2017. Upon return, Toronto arrested him for outstanding charges.



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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #256 on: May 29, 2017, 06:39:23 AM »
Sometimes Getting Advice from Individuals that Make a Career Out of Finding People Can Produce Helpful Search Tips

There are many investigators out there who have the experience and expertise to help assist in finding a missing person. I stumbled upon a site today that was well written for a resource in the U.S., but this is just one of many. Finding the right investigator is probably a topic for another story, but here are a few tips provied on "Investigator Confidential"

Who Benefits from a Search?
  • Adoption
  • Family Reunions
  • Reunited Friendships
  • Fractured Friendships
  • Financial Debts
  • Moral Debts

How Do I Find Someone?
  • Search Engines
  • Social Networking Web Sites
  • Other Web Sites (like The Ultimates, World Wide Internet Directory, and RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative Page, and more. This is a U.S. resource so the equivalent in other countries can be researched)

Other Resources to Find Someone
  • Directory Assistance
  • Libraries
  • Public Records
    • Financial Records
    • Business Name Indexes
    • Real Estate Records
    • Tax Information
    • Registered Voter Information
    • Court Records
  • Province Records
    • Bank Records
    • Bankruptcy Records
    • Birth Records
    • Corporate Records
    • Death Records
    • Divorce Files
    • Investment Records
    • Marriage Licenses
    • Retirement Accounts Records
    • Uniform Commercial Code Filings
    • Welfare Records
  • Federal Records
    • Federal Aviation Pilot License
    • Interstate Commerce Commission Records
    • Military Records
    • Postal Records
    • Tax Court
  • Driver License Record Database
  • Private Investigators

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #257 on: May 29, 2017, 08:39:08 AM »
There is nothing worse than missing a loved one and feeling helpless. Going years on end wondering if you've done everything to find your loved one. Constantly double-guessing, did I work alongside with law enforcement the best I possibly could? As the minutes, hours, weeks, days, months and years go by searching, waiting, and coping...

Here is a look at some proactive things you can become acquainted with to see if any learnings could apply. Be helpful. Spur ideas. Provide hope. Some of the resources below provide an overview of a process (that doesn't mean your current law enforcement takes this approach), however by looking up industry standards, you may run across something that will be helpful - if just for knowledge, or for direction, or to bring up with those searching for your loved one.

National organizations worldwide publish policy and procedures for finding missing persons so sometimes their insight can spur additional search ideas. Countries are collaborating and sharing best practices. Here are some resources I found from U.S. that they use to train, inform, or guide law enforcement there. (We should put together something similar for Canada, if found.)

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(R) in U.S. Publishes a Policy and Procedure Manual that Has Tips, for example:

Types of Cases that Come Before Them
  • Nonfamily Abduction
  • Family Abduction
  • Runaway/Thrownaway
  • Thrownaway
  • Missing Involuntarily/Lost/Injured
  • Other

Checklist of step-by-step recommendations for successful case investigation

Statistical information is available at:

Items law enforcement can do to help in investigations:
  • Law Enforcement Training, visit
    • NCMEC University Online
    • Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives
    • Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives
    • Forensic Imaging Training
    • Advanced Forensic Imaging Workshop
    • Child Sex Trafficking: Awareness and Response (CSTAR)
    • Missing Children: Dynamics and Response
    • Missing and Exploited Children: What Security Professionals Need to Know
    • Telecommunications Best  Practices for Missing and Abducted Children
    • Additional Training Resources
  • Use AMBER Alert and Other Missing-Children Notification Programs
  • Set-up and Use Secondary Distribution of AMBER Alerts
  • Embrace Alternative Notification Systems
    • Post Office - Deliver Me Home Program(R)
    • Local Cable Programming
    • Broadcast Faxes
    • Broadcast eMails
    • Vehicle and Mass Transit Posts
    • Reverse 911 Program - high-speed, phone communications service for emergency notifications that is capable of delivering customized, prerecorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses
  • Form Child Abduction Response Teams (CART)
  • Protect Children from Online Victimization, from schoolyards, playgrounds, shopping malls, and internet. Visit for more information on the ICAC Task Force Program
  • Develop and Deliver Child-Safety Programs, visit "More Publications: for "Guidelines for Programs to reduce Child Victimization"
  • Investigate Family-Abduction Cases by Prosecutor's Office
    • Develop Missing-Children Clearinghouses
    • Develop Newborn/Infant-Abduction Program
  • Identify and Track Sex Offenders
  • Extend Resources to Missing Young Adults
    • Look into Care Projects: Children Missing from Care Project, visit for "More Publications" beginning page 169 of "Children Missing From Care: The Law-Enforcement Response" guide.
    • Look into Recovery of Long-Term Missing Children, visit database to help solve these cases.
    • Become familiar with Reunification of Missing Children
    • Form a National Emergency Child Locator Center (Expedite Reunification during National Disasters)
  • Identify and Track Sex Offenders

There are guidelines for conducting various types of cases, investigative checklists, initial response, investigative considerations, prolonged investigation tips, and recovery/case closure assistance:
  • Nonfamily Abduction, pages 49-76
  • Family Abduction, pages 77-106
  • Runaway, pages 107-124
  • Critically Missing, Abducted or Lost Children, pages 108-140
  • Missing Involuntarily/Lost/Injured
(This list is not in the brochure, should be)
  • Other

There's an Agency Self-Assessment for Missing-Children Preparedness Checklist that can help strengthen investigations for agencies that may not have had as much experience with these types of cases. See page 183-191 of

There is a Victim/Family Data-Collection Questionnaire. This provides a wealth of information that a parent can provide to law enforcement to have on hand, even if the law enforcement entity doesn't use this system. See page 195-203


Missing and Abducted Children: A Law-Enforcement Guide to Case Investigation and Program Management, Fourth Edition 2011,

APCO International's (The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials - International) Standard for Public Safety Telecommunicators When Responding to Calls of Missing, Abducted, and Sexually Exploited Children, visit

Building Community Building Hope, 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide, visit

Amber Alert: Best Practice Guide, visit

North American Missing and Unidentified Persons System, visit

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures and Forensic Techniques, visit

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #258 on: May 29, 2017, 09:58:27 AM »
Awesome posts, Concerned, with a great gathering of resources! I wonder in fact if these last two posts could actually use their own thread and be dupicated there? What do you think, DebbieC? The information provided could be quite useful for someone beginning a search but I don't think they would know to look/begin here. (lol, I agree these offer "hopeful" advice and so should stay here, I just think perhaps a "Suggestions when Searching" thread might also be awesome). What do you think?
Thanks again Concerned for putting this info together!
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #259 on: May 29, 2017, 02:12:00 PM »
Hi 2Soccermom,

Here are a couple of sites we started that provide search suggestions, too:

What Resources Do We Have?

Unidentified and Missing Worldwide Search

Why People Disappear


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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #260 on: May 30, 2017, 11:05:53 PM »
oh! Awesome. Sorry I haven't seen those already. G'job! :)


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« Reply #261 on: June 09, 2017, 05:20:10 AM »
Sometimes their parents sing and their voices reach them.

In a rather unusual manner a group of individuals who are parents, family and friends of missing loved ones don't know what else to do when their loved one goes missing. They've tried virtually everything, and now they are waiting and holding onto hope. Sometimes they try unique ways, anything really, that might lead to their missing. This group was no different.

They came together in what must have been pure grief for a performance of a lifetime. Some have been missing their child for decades. And, even though they aren't singers by trade, they lent their voices to a few songs that sent messages to the missing in hopes of reaching them somehow and in some way. One incredibly emotional song, "I Miss You" says it all. This group, called "Missing People Group" took it a step further and entered Britain's Got Talent, primarily for the reach that a nationally televised program can deliver. I can't help but think they gave it their all that night.

And, something wonderful happened. A 13-year-old boy saw his face among those featured while the group sang. Although the story has yet to be told, or maybe never will, the important thing is he is now reunited with his mother.  And, maybe just maybe, there are more to come - a lead for Tom Moore, a boy missing for 14 years has also come in.

Sometimes we sing, and sometimes they hear. Let's hope to bring more home.

The performance on BGT of "I Miss You" - 

Missing People Choir, visit



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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #262 on: June 25, 2017, 08:28:50 AM »
Sometimes they just didn't want to go to camp.

We can understand why a boy may not want to go to summer camp. It's not for everyone. It can be scary, intimidating and cause unusual behavior. And, so it was for an 11-year-old boy named Angel.

The boy was reported missing by his parents. News crews were alerted. A news crew helicopter was deployed to help with search and reporting efforts. That's when the news crews saw him. He was snoozing on the rooftop of his house.

"I didn't mean to cause any trouble," the boy said who admitted that his mother was embarrassed. "I didn't mean to waste any of the police officers' time."

When asked why he went missing, the polite boy replied that he just didn't want to go to summer camp.

"I was thinking of how hard my mom works to do this... It's very difficult for her, and I'm proud of the patience she has for me," he said. "I just do the most stupidest things sometimes."

Some of us here, wouldn't mind if those missing came back and just said "I just do the most stupidest things sometimes," and we'll leave it at that. No questions asked. Just make it home. We'll take it from there.


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« Reply #263 on: June 29, 2017, 08:47:11 AM »
Sometimes a stranger from another country provides a lifesaving tip.

She was 16-years-old and with her parents in Charlotte, North Carolina, when she left the house without telling anyone where she was going. The FBI's case went cold for more than a year. The authorities and the parents didn't know if she just left the house on her own free will in runaway fashion, or whether there was more to the story. Until, of course, her parents found her diary that alluded to an older man.

Then one night this week, the parents received a tip around 8:09 p.m. that their daughter was being held in a house 200 miles away in Georgia. The lady from Romania had been talking to the teen who claimed to be missing. By 12:32 a.m., FBI recovered her and took 31-year-old suspect Michael Ron Wysolouski into custody. He was charged with aggravated sodomy, curelty to a child, first degree deprivation, interference with custody, and false imprisonment.

The suspect held online conversations with the girl, got her in his good graces, and she met him. From the meeting he took her back to his home and she was confined there ever sense.

Her parents say she is happy to be back home and thankful for all the privileges that affords. However, they say, she is different than she was one year ago; perhaps rightly so.

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« Reply #264 on: July 16, 2017, 05:03:40 PM »
Sometimes a drone can cover more area in less time.

When authorities in the Yakutia Republic in Russia heard there was a four-year-old girl named Karina missing, six days had already elapsed. Sometimes that's too long, already. She went missing on July 29, but they received word on August 3 due to lack of communication between the child's parents - one parent thought the girl was with the other. The mother thought the father had picked her up, but the father had joined a brigade of firemen fighting a local fire. No one had been searching for her.

She was last seen entering the Siberian forest and swampland with her puppy. The foliage was thick. There were 30 kilometers/18.6 miles of dense forest, flowing rivers and swampland to cover. Authorities armed with 60 people spent nine days exhausting all technologies they had available - search (by foot and boat) parties, sniffer dogs, helicopters, and specialists. But, in the end, it was a drone that found Karina laying under tall grass in a swampy area near a river, exhausted, tired, and barely able to speak. She was pronounced critical, but stable in the hospital.

Twelve days, by herself, in rough terrain, four-years-old. Karina made it.

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« Reply #265 on: July 18, 2017, 08:10:03 PM »
Sometimes Global Warming will find a loved one, or two.

Marceline Udry-Dumoulin is 79-years-old; she's been searching for her parents for 75 years. Her parents, Marcelin and Francine Dumouline were 40- and 37-years-old when they went missing in August of 1942. The couple with seven kids wandered to a mountain pasture to feed their cattle and were never heard from again.

"It was the first time my mother went with him on such an excursion," Udry-Dumoulin said, adding that her mother couldn't climb the difficult glacier in previous trips because she was "always pregnant."

The husband and wife were wearing World War II era clothing. They were found by a cable car company employee lying next to each other near a ski lift above the Village of Charndolin in the Swiss canton of Valais. It is believed they fell through a cravais and where buried under deep snow, but with global warming the glaciers have been melting.

"I can say that after 75 years of waiting, this news gives me a deep sense of calm," she said when asked how she felt about hearing the news that her parents had been found. The children were separated when the parents vanished and each spent a lifetime looking for their parents.

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« Reply #266 on: July 23, 2017, 08:13:41 AM »
In China, there's an app to reunite families.

Fu Gui is 33-years-old today. He recalled memories from his earlier life with a family he no longer knew. So, in 2009 when he learned of Baobeihuijia (Baby Back Home), a website that tries to reunite lost, abducted, stolen or missing children in China, he was curious. All he had to do was upload a picture (the youngest one available) into the Baidu's cross-age facial recognition artificial intelligence database to find a match. He uploaded a picture of when he was 10-years-old. The software samples 200 million photos and refines positive matches with 99.7% accuracy. Sadly, there was no match.

Fu Gui was abducted in 1990 when he was six-years-old by traffickers on his way home from school and his life changed forever. He was sold and forced to live a much different life. In China, it is estimated that 10,000 (10,000 according to China, 20,000 according to the United States, and 70,000 according to other estimates) children are abducted yearly to be sold as child laborers, to the sex industry or sent to the streets to beg. It's an persistent crime and parents who have lost a child have had little recourse in finding their young child among a large nation of people.

But, in 2017 (eight years after Fu Gui submitted his picture), a picture of a missing boy from Chongquing was separately submitted to the same database. It was a matter of weeks when Baidu's software identified a list of potential matches after comparing individual parts of the face to account for the child's morphing facial features as they age. The software works best when the pictures of the children are closer in age. This time, there was a match and DNA testing confirmed the connection.

Fu Gui has since been reunited with his family.

Now, American advertising agency JWT has partnered with Baidu (widely called the Google company of China) to put sculptures of parents with a missing child around town (study the sculpture carefully and you can see the missing child standing between the parent's legs). When passerbys see the white colorless statute they are encouraged to take a picture of the sculpture, download an app, and then watch the missing child come alive in full color and listen to various stories of families in search of their missing loved one. This unique campaign is gaining attention for the app so that individuals who may have been abducted at an early age are compelled to enter their photos and find their families.

To see this technology in action, visit (or go to YouTube and search "BABY BACK HOME / Missing Children")

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