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  1. Hi I am Bö Röck and not actually missing….although I have been posting for the missing for 7 years…..my current profile pics are of Justin Gaines …..missing from Georgia

  2. Thank you for your article. I am one of the lucky ones I know as my niece (Megan Waterman missing mother from Maine)has gotten national attention. I was very surprised by the contacts I have gained from familiy members of woman who went missing in that same area around the same time which I never saw on the news. I have posted this article to my FB page and hope more media will take notice of the thousands who dont get the ocverage we get.

  3. Good to see journalists taking the initiative to write about this subject. I personally understand this tragic experience. Our family has been searching for our missing loved one for 2 1/2 years. Because he was an older white male, I had to practically beg local media to cover his case. Forget national media. Every individual that goes missing in this country is important to someone. Children, obviously are more vulnerable and deserve featured coverage, but the adults, because they can ‘choose’ to go missing, deserve the benefit of the doubt that some tragic circumstance could have befallen them, and deserve coverage as well. Just as every teen cannot be categorized a ‘runaway’, not every adult has ‘chosen’ to disappear. As a missing persons advocate for the last 2 1/2 years, I have seen the volume of cases increase to almost epidemic proportion. We cannot educate our children about ‘stranger danger’ anymore. Now we have to educate them that ANYONE, including your own parent or step-parent can be a potential perpetrator. Education for our children and our law enforcement officers, need to be improved upon and changed. Our laws need to be re-examined and changed to provide avenues to law enforcement on a state wide basis, eliminating state by state guidelines that are left to interpretation of the individual agencies and officers. Stiffer penalties need to be implemented in the legal system for perpetrators and violators of human trust. Until you have personally felt the pain of this horrific experience, you cannot fully understand the pain of the ‘not knowing’ where your loved one is. I have spoken to parents, husbands, wives, children of the missing. 1 day, 10 days, 365 days, 20 years…….the pain is the same. The ‘not knowing’ is the worst. Contact a local missing persons organization in your area, to find out how you can Help Bring The Missing Home.

  4. Thanks for this article. My son was 16 when he went missing, 14 years ago, and I was almost laughed out of the local police station in the UK when I reported him missing. The police told me he had “gone off on a funny five minutes” when we knew in every fiber of our being that this was not normal and totally out of character. We have had to battle for 14 years and constantly keep up the profile to keep the case out there in peoples minds. It is exhausting. We get very little help from the handful of UK charities struggling to deal with this issue with thousands going missing each year. The recent Government budget cuts in the UK just slashed money from these charities……now what?

  5. Great article! Being in this world of the missing for over 5 years now it did my heart good to see someone else write the words that I’ve been screaming this whole time! Very nice to also see many of my friends whose loved ones are missing mentioned on here too.

    Missing male adults do make up most of the missing. Missing male adults of all colors and all walks of life are the least concern of the media and the public ….. that needs to be changed! Adult males are loved and missed just as much as any other missing person.

    Everyone that is missing should matter to all.

    Maureen Reintjes
    Peace4 the Missing (http://peace4missing.ning.com)

    National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs.gov) Victims Advocate Kansas Team


  6. The missing, how little attention is paid to the issue, and the socio economic truths involved in what minimal reporting there is…it’s nauseating that in crisis situations physical appearance dictates whether or not the missing receive proper attention. You are absolutely right. Two less minutes of nonsense like Tiger Woods could give attention to those who really need AND deserve it. We’re so used to being entertained that we forget that we are all citizens of this planet, and have a responsibility to look out for each other.

    “It is possible to reach the masses, we just don’t want to. And it is possible to cross gender and racial lines and make sure all missing people are advocated for.”

    Well said.

    Lead the way dear friend. I’ll be happy to spread the word right along with you.

  7. Excellent article, and oh so true. It’s difficult to battle all the prejudices and misunderstandings about missing persons, but we can try.

    My young adult son has been missing for more than 9 years, and I would have never had the little bit of national attention for him if it weren’t for the work we do and the fact that families we assisted begged producers to feature him.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason

    All missing persons are loved by someone, and their families deserve to find the answers they seek in regards to the disappearance.

  8. Thanks all! WWH, doesn’t want to give the watered down version. These are real stories and real people.. WWH is growing and we hope to keep growing and hope to keep making people aware, so we can all see positive changes in the world. We have to look out for one another.

    Keep spreading the kindness and love–there is nothing we can’t do if we pull together…we are the world.

  9. Excellent, well written and an issue that desperately needs attention! It’s mind boggling how some are “chosen” to receive attention and some are not. As the motto of CUE Center for Missing Persons says, “Every missing person is somebody’s child.” How can media place a value on that?

    Each of us who know about the staggering statistics of missing persons must make it our responsibility to help in any small way we can, because we know!

    Thank you, Diana, and the countless others who make time every day to remember those who are often forgotten.

  10. Diana, thanks for this whole series. The stories give a face to an issue that is too often reduced to a photo on a milk carton, and the face makes it painfully real.

  11. Need I say more? As always you prove the point and get people to see that there are ways that they too can help & with little effort. 8o)
    Now if we could only get the media to buy into giving up the valuable time they keep giving to useless topics!

  12. Very well written piece, Diana, and a subject that people certainly need to be made aware of and act on. We all have to participate in helping find these missing souls, especially those left behind. No one person is more important than another. We’re all in this together.

  13. Great article Diana. You hit it right on and as Mikki wrote it was said eloquently. Thank You for trying to bring attention to the Brian’s and the Latasha’s.

  14. It’s great that WWH has brought focus to the “other” missing people. They all deserve the attention the white girl, the senior citizen, the middle aged man, the missing mom, the African American child, the Asian teenager, the Latino bus driver, and so on — each and every person regardless of race, creed, color, orientation, age, religion — they deserve media coverage.

    Thank you WWH and Diana for bringing attention to this problem. God Bless Peas In Their Pods for the Rilya Alert.

    Keep up the good work. Media coverage one can trust – Diana May Waldman!

  15. Great Story – I agree with this. Many lost / Missing / Abducted people could be found faster! I have Shared this on FB. So when can your website have a photo of my two missing sons to help find them? Please contact and I will forward you a photo and info. Best Regards, STEPHEN WATKINS

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