Thea's Thoughts

64 Days

Campaign For The Missing.

According to the Department of Justice’s website that in 2011, there are about 94,152 Missing Children, and about 35,242 Missing Adults in California. That’s a total of 129,394 Missing People. That means that 354 people were missing everyday. But they are more than numbers. These people are loved by someone.

The shoes that Steve could be wearing when he disappeared.
The shoes that Steve could be wearing when he disappeared.

During the first two weeks that Steve had been missing, I just felt lost & helpless. I have no control on what’s going on. I wanted to go out and find Steve but I don’t know how to start. There weren’t any resources that was given to us so that me and my family would know what to do if your loved one is missing. Although, I’m grateful that the Employee Assistance Program provided counselors at that time, it wasn’t enough. I totally relied on the Law Enforcement agencies because they are the experts but they stopped any more physical searches. Then we were told in that briefing that we have to participate in the search for Steve as a partner with the police department, that’s it’s up to our family to keep his case open. I never felt so alone and helpless at that time. I never want to feel that way again.

I know I have to do something, started researching on my own, working and collaborating with uncle Jim regarding the personal searches that we were doing.

We learned a lot from the Voluntary searches that we were conducting and made the next one better. We learn from our mistakes and we identify what worked and what didn’t work. I have to translate and apply my skills from another field to the Voluntary searches we’re doing. It’s a discovery and a journey.

After a couple of major voluntary searches we’d done, I finally found Project Jason which is a nonprofit organization that assist families of the Missing Person. How I wish I’d known about them from the very beginning. I felt that it would have made a lot of difference.

One of their awareness programs is called: Campaign For The Missing.
“It’s a grassroots effort to pass legislation in each state that will serve to improve the law enforcement community’s ability to locate and ensure a safe return of missing persons. It will address the national problems of missing persons and the identification of human remains and provide the framework for improving law enforcement’s response. It will also improve the collection of critical information about missing persons, prioritize high-risk missing persons cases, and ensure prompt dissemination of critical information to other law enforcement agencies and the public that can improve the likelihood of a safe return.”

I want to support this campaign in whatever means I can. For more information, here’s the link:

http://projectjason.org/legislation.shtml

I’m grateful for meeting Kelly Jolkowski even if it’s just through email communications.

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