A very special thanks should go to Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro for the $25,000 grant, Crime Stoppers has created a statewide toll-free tip line and a Web site designed to locate missing adults. The site helps spread the word about people who have disappeared.
Abductions and reports of runaways have regularly been in the news. Many of those end tragically. And although many involve children, there are instances when adults turn up missing.
A prime example is missing 18-year-old Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Sometimes the end result with a missing adult is just as tragic as that of a missing child. Sometimes resolution is never achieved. The person is never found. Dead or alive.
But some good news coming out of Columbus recently should bolster the hopes of any Ohioan missing an adult family member or friend, including those in our own
communities. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Attorney General Jim Petro, Crime Stoppers has created a statewide toll-free tip line and a Web site designed to locate missing adults. The site helps spread the word about people who have disappeared.
According to Petro’s office, the statewide tip line, 888-400-TIPS, automatically will connect tipsters calling from Ohio to their local Crime Stoppers chapter 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many of the 18 Crime Stoppers affiliates throughout the state did not previously have the ability to man a tip line around the clock. The grant will rectify that predicament.
Every state should implement such a web site that posts information about missing adults as it does with missing children. Amber alerts are only applicable to a certain age. All to often missing adults are not given the same attention. We should do all we can to provide databases for “ALL” missing persons.
The Web site, www.ohiomissingadults.com, will post information and pictures about missing adult Ohioans. All of the posted information will be added to the National Center for Missing Adults Web site as well. Citizens will be able to submit information about missing family members to the Ohio site, but nothing will be posted until it is confirmed by Crime Stoppers and the appropriate local law-enforcement agency.
Click on the Ohio Missing Adult link and check if you have seen any of thesemissing individuals.