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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The number of missing person reports in Montana increased last year compared to previous years, according to state officials.

Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion said during a news conference on Tuesday that may mean missing people are being more accurately reported after state officials took steps to address the issue, particularly in the case of missing and murdered Native Americans.

For example, law enforcement officials filed only 10 missing persons reports related to the Northern Cheyenne tribe in 2017 and 2018, according to a Montana Department of Justice report. Last year, that number jumped to 39 reports, The Billings Gazette reported.

The report says 3,277 different people were reported missing from 2017 to 2019. It says 97% of the people were found alive or dead and 3% remained missing.

The report finds Native Americans, which account for 6% of Montana’s population, are four times more likely to go missing that non-Natives.


Missing Persons Center -
Here is a link to Montana's Missing Persons Database, as of today it isn't working properly but we did find a PDF copy of listing of missing children.  Click here to see the PDF is it's still up.


Published in Missing Person News
Friday, 18 January 2019 17:29

Is the missing persons reporting system broken?

Is the missing persons reporting system broken? 

Look at the above image copied from a very well respected missing children's website, a United States Department of Justice website funded with tax dollars.  Just look at it for a moment and think if that young man were your child, do you think that profile is going to aid anyone in finding him?

What an interesting question . . . being someone who has searched for missing people for over 25 years, its my opinion the whole missing person system was never working properly and basically does not exist. 

If you've ever had a loved one missing, you might agree with me.  You've went through the anguish of realizing your loved one cannot be located, you finally make the decision to call your local law enforcement and report them missing.  Now, if the missing person is an adult, seems as if most police agencies try to get you to be calm and think of reasons your loved one would have just picked up and left, wanted to make a change in their life and simply left everything behind.  This is especially true if its a man who is missing as opposed to a woman or child.  Adult males are rarely found dead or alive.  That's a strong statement to make, I know, but my experience tells me this is the case because if you're not looking, nobody is.  


The image of Obie Cooper is another great example of a child who has been reported missing, but with very little information.  Is there so little information because the people who reported him missing could care less or the people asking the questions could care less?  Obie Cooper's profile was taken from a very well known missing children website from Los Angeles.

On the FBI website for Kidnapped and Missing Persons, they only have 86 people listed as the writing of this article.  Should we believe there are only 86 people that should be listed on the FBI's website.  Under their category of Parental Abductions, they only list 25 parents suspected of abducting their own children.  In many cases this is a federal crime and I think it's safe to say they should be looking for information on more than 25 parents.

Yes, from a third party perspective it is very easy to look at all missing persons databases and find flaws, but that's not the point.  The point is; all of the missing persons platforms worldwide do not work as they should.  Closing a missing person case should not always be by a body recovery.  Most missing people are found deceased, that's not the resolution any of us want but as a society its become the norm and what we expect to eventually hear.

The horrifying fact of the matter is, most abducted people are killed within the first three hours of being abducted.  I won't go into the details leading up to this fact, but we cannot accept this outcome as a people and all of us as a community need to change the way we live and our expectation of those we trust to protect us.  

I bet you've never heard of CARD Teams . . . I didn't think so.  Most people haven't and I've never spoke with anyone in law enforcement who is tasked with searching for a missing child who has ever heard of CARD Teams.  CARD Teams = Child Abduction Rapid Deployment.  This is the name of the FBI division available to quickly get on the search of a missing child, anywhere in the United States.  Since Obie Cooper on the left recently went missing just this month, I wonder how many members of the West Coast CARD Team are actively searching for him.  My experience tells me, most likely local law enforcement hasn't requested assistance from the CARD team.  They haven't requested assistance because they don't want help, they typically never heard of a CARD team and don't know the resource exists. And no, none of us truly know what his circumstances are leading to his disappearance.  Maybe he was mixing with the wrong crowd, maybe he ran away, maybe he was murdered . . . we don't know.

Here is a link you have to visit to learn more about CARD Teams and how they function. There is a podcast to play too.  Then visit this page and read the success stories that are as anonymous as most bogus testimonials you'll see on every marketing or service oriented advertising.

The issues mentioned in this article are only the tip of the iceberg of problems plaguing the missing persons systems worldwide, it's not limited to the United States.



Monday, 07 January 2019 18:24

Endangered Missing Persons Alert

Similar to wandering incidents in older adults with Alzheimer's and related dementias, those with intellectual disabilities (Autism, Developmental Disorders etc.), are also prone to wandering into unsafe environments. In year 2011, Texas AMBER Alert legislation was updated to include alerts for missing persons (of any age) with an intellectual disability. In order to avoid public confusion with AMBER Alerts for abducted children, the name "Endangered Missing Persons Alert" was selected.

The below represents Endangered Missing Persons Alert criteria for the state's network:

  • Has the missing person been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability and/or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including Asperger's Disorder, Autistic Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett's Disorder or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Not Otherwise Specified)? If the missing person has been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability, law enforcement shall require a written diagnosis from a physician or psychologist licensed to practice within Texas, or certified by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and/or Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Is it confirmed that an investigation has taken place, verifying that a reasonable explanation for the missing person's disappearance has been ruled out and that the disappearance poses a credible threat to the health and safety of the missing person?
  • Is the Endangered Missing Persons Alert request being made within 72 hours of the missing person's disappearance?
  • Is there sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the missing person? (Highway signs will be activated only if accurate vehicle information is available AND it is confirmed that the missing person was in the vehicle at the time of the disappearance).
Monday, 07 January 2019 18:17

Silver Alert System

Wandering impacts families and caregivers statewide, affecting those who suffer with various mental conditions, to include Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The state's Silver Alert program was created by Texas legislation in year 2007, designed to notify the public of missing older adults with a documented mental condition.

The below represents Silver Alert criteria for the state's network:

  • Is the missing person 65 years of age or older?
  • Does the senior citizen have a diagnosed impaired mental condition, and does the senior citizen's disappearance pose a credible threat to the senior citizen's health and safety? (Law enforcement shall require the family or legal guardian of the missing senior citizen to provide documentation from a medical or mental health professional of the senior citizen's condition).
  • Is it confirmed that an investigation has taken place verifying that the senior citizen's disappearance is due to his/her impaired mental condition, and alternative reasons for the senior citizen's disappearance have been ruled out?
  • Is the Silver Alert request within 72 hours of the senior citizen's disappearance?
  • Is there sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the senior citizen? (Highway signs will be activated only if accurate vehicle information is available AND it is confirmed that the senior citizen was driving the vehicle at the time of the disappearance).

Note: A physician's letterhead, indicating the impaired mental condition, date of diagnosis, patient's name, with physician's signature is recommended to satisfy the documentation requirement.

Monday, 07 January 2019 17:57

Amber Alert System

The Amber Alert System

Local community reaction to the brutal kidnapping and death of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, TX (1996), prompted local media and law enforcement to create the nation’s first AMBER Alert program in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. AMBER Alerts inform the public of serious child abductions, in an effort to promote tips and leads to law enforcement. In memory of the tragic death of Amber Hagerman, the letters of her name can be seen within the title of the program, America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER).

In 2002, Governor Rick Perry created the state's AMBER Alert network per Executive Order RP-16, later codified through legislation in 2003. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was given legislative authority to coordinate the state's AMBER Alert network, which served as the role model for the subsequent Silver, Blue, and Endangered Missing Persons alert programs.

The below represents AMBER Alert criteria for the state's network:

  • Is this child 17 years of age or younger, whose whereabouts are unknown, and whose disappearance law enforcement has determined to be unwilling which poses a credible threat to the child's safety and health; and if abducted by a parent or legal guardian, was the abduction in the course of an attempted murder or murder?
    Is this child 13 years of age or younger, who was taken (willingly or unwillingly) without permission from the care and custody of a parent or legal guardian by:
    • someone unrelated and more than three years older,
    • another parent or legal guardian who attempted or committed murder at the time of the abduction?
  • Is this child in immediate danger of sexual assault, death or serious bodily injury?
  • Has a preliminary investigation verified the abduction and eliminated alternative explanations for the child's disappearance?
  • Is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public to help locate the child, a suspect, or the vehicle used in the abduction?
Monday, 07 January 2019 17:25

The Ashanti Alert System


A new piece of federal legislation could change how missing person information is broadcast when the disappearance involves someone age 18 or older.

The legislation is called the Ashanti Alert, named after 19-year-old Ashanti M. Billie who went missing in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in September 2017.

The bill, which will be introduced to the U.S. Senate by Virginia Senator Mark Warner, hopes to utilize an Amber Alert-style system that would notify the public when an adult aged 18 to 65 goes missing. 


The bill has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives after being introduced by Virginia Rep. Scott W. Taylor, The Washington Post reports.

Ashanti went missing on September 18, 2017, while heading to work at a Blimpie's on a naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. It took 11 days for law enforcement to locate Ashanti's body, time where her parents, Meltony Billie and Brandy Billie, could only wait and worry.

The Billies had learned early after Ashanti went missing that she was too old to qualify for an Amber Alert, the national system that notifies Americans of the disappearance of a child via media blasts and cell phone alerts.

The Ashanti Alert system would work in a similar manner, albeit with strict criteria established to determine when the system should be used for adults. Unlike in cases of missing children, there is a certain expectation of privacy and independence for adults that could mean someone has merely gone off the grid rather than being a victim of foul play.

The state of Virginia has already enacted the Critically Missing Adult Alert Program, which is nicknamed the Ashanti Alert. The program notifies local, state and regional police to alerts for adults that fit the criteria established within the CMAAP.

On a national level, Ashanti Alerts would enfold into the Blue Alert system, a program created in 2014 after New York Police Department officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ambushed and killed while on duty. The Blue Alert system notifies the public when a suspect who has killed or assaulted a police officer remains at large.

The criteria established under the House Bill requires the hiring of a national coordinator to create guidelines for issuing an Ashanti Alert. After the system has been implemented for a year, the coordinator will report to Congress how many states elected to use the system, how many alerts were broadcast, and how effective the system was in locating missing persons.

Approximately 200 Amber Alerts are issued every year, The Washington Post reports. Most of those alerts result in the child being rescued safely. 

For Ashanti's parents, the passing of the bill would mean their daughter's death had a purpose.

“It would mean her sacrifice was for a greater good just like Jesus’ sacrifice was for a greater good. This alert will keep us lifted," Meltony Billie told The Washington Post.

Correction, 12/7, 10:15 a.m.: This story originally said Rep. Scott Taylor was from West Virginia; he is from Virginia. It also said the bill would be introduced by West Virginia Senator Mark Warren; this has been corrected to Virginia Senator Mark Warner.