This has been a long time in the making. Well, nine months in the making anyway. Or depending on how one looks at it 20 years.
In March I received a call from a family member regarding a friend whose daughter was missing. Members of the community were trying to be helpful but really had no idea what to do. Shortly after that, a local case came about in which The Sheriff's Office had done some initial searches but because of lack of information and limited resources they had stopped their efforts for the most part. I offered to help a group of dedicated volunteers who were working very hard but struggling with many aspects of running a search and rescue operation. While spending 12 plus hours a day working on this I realized the need for an organized source of information for communities and individuals who want to help but have no idea where or how to start. Thus began 4 The Missing.
It needed to be simple enough for anyone to understand and use. It needed to be thorough enough to be useful. It needed to be short enough that someone could read it and begin to get things up and running in a few hours. Trying to whittle down decades worth of knowledge and experience, technical data and so on was a daunting task to say the least.
After yet another case I realized that while I was "perfecting" the site and content people were struggling and really in need of this resource. This is a work in progress, but I feel that it is important to get it up and out there so that it can be of use. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you need help with a case in your community or it is your loved one who has gone missing. There is no charge for anything on this site, there never will be.