On February 3rd, people all over the United States will be remembering missing persons. This day is National Missing Persons Day, and it’s a time to remember those who are still missing. It was founded in 2002 by The Doe Network, which is an organization that provides resources for families of missing persons and law enforcement officials on cases related to unidentified decedents and unidentified living individuals (such as John or Jane Does).
Why National Missing Person Day?
Loss is a difficult thing to bear. Not only are you losing someone, but they may be in an unknown place and not even know how or if they’re doing OK- this can make the pain unbearable!
Imagine not knowing if your loved one was safe, well cared for, or even alive. This is the reality that many families face every day as they wait by their phone for a call back from authorities after reporting an individual missing. The hope of finding someone you’ve lost can make waiting seem like forever- and sometimes it feels impossible to keep going without knowing what has happened.
Some families experience a long-term loss of an individual, and never get the closure they need to move on with their lives. This is why National Missing Person’s Day was started: as a way for individuals all over the United States to come together in support of those who have been separated from loved ones through unknown circumstances.
It is not something we can prepare ourselves for. We truly never know when or how a loved one could go missing, but the helplessness of feeling that you’re doing everything possible to find out where they only compound this sense of dread and fear even further.”
It is now time to spread the word about your missing loved one. They need friends and neighbors around them who will help keep an eye out for anyone who may have seen or heard something relevant in order to promote a safe return!
National Missing Persons Day is a day where we celebrate and remember those who are still missing. It was founded in 2002 by The Doe Network, which provides resources for families of missing persons and law enforcement officials on cases related to unidentified decedents and unidentified living individuals (such as John or Jane Does).
As we approach National Missing Persons Day, it is important for everyone to be aware of all missing person cases and the people involved. It might sound shocking but if you see someone who may need help or know something about their disappearance please do not hesitate! You could really make a difference in somebody’s life by sharing your information with law enforcement agencies so they can find out what happened sooner rather than later.
National Missing Person’s Day Activities
There are several events going on all over the United States to commemorate those who have been lost, and bring awareness to individuals who may be in need of help. One way you can get involved is by organizing an event or fundraiser for your local police department or participating law enforcement agency- this will show them that you care and want to help them in any way possible.
Another activity is visiting the National Missing Person’s Website, where you can find a missing person or report someone as missing who may need assistance. You can also follow their Facebook Page for more information on upcoming events that relate to National Missing Persons Day! It only takes one small action from each of us to make a difference in someone’s life, and we can all take part in spreading awareness by participating in National Missing Person’s Day!
National Missing Persons History
In the early days of law enforcement, it wasn’t uncommon for families to go looking for their own missing loved ones. Law Enforcement didn’t move as quickly back then- they were still using horses and carriages! This, combined with the fact that there was no way to communicate quickly across large areas, meant it could be days or weeks before a missing person report even made it into the hands of authorities.
That all changed in 1930 when President Herbert Hoover created what is now known as The Federal Bureau of Investigation- this allowed for reports to be quickly sent across large areas, and for law enforcement agencies to communicate with one another about missing individuals.
In the 1950s a man named Robert Minton created what is now known as The Doe Network- this organization provides resources for families of missing persons and law enforcement officials on cases related to unidentified decedents and unidentified living individuals.
The Doe Network is the leading organization for missing persons in the United States- they are also one of two organizations that created National Missing Person’s Day. The other is Thorn, who was founded by Marc Klaas to help prevent crimes against children and find those who have lost their lives due to crime. Since 2002 these two organizations have combined their efforts to help others and provide resources on missing person cases.