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National Center for Missing Adults Website Address:
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 4th, 2004, 06:33am »

These T-shirts are very cool. You can purchase one in white or grey. The National Center for MIssing Adults Logo is on the front.

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 5th, 2004, 7:08pm »

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Q: The recent stories about kidnappings have been horrifying. Somehow, just teaching my kids not to talk to strangers doesn't seem like enough anymore. What else should I know to keep my kids safe?

A: Well, let's start with the whole "don't talk to strangers" thing. Most child safety experts these days agree that telling kids to keep away from strangers isn't particularly effective because "stranger" is such a broad and ill-defined term. When they hear warnings about strangers, many kids imagine an evil-looking villain from the movies or someone who's dressed badly or who just looks weird. That means they wouldn't necessarily think twice about a well-dressed, kind-seeming man who claims to be looking for a lost dog.

Despite the recent stories of kidnapped children, these incidents are relatively rare. Most missing kids are actually runaways, and most of the rest were taken by a parent during a custody battle. So don't panic your kids. Just be alert and teach them how to protect themselves.

Here are a few essential steps you can -- and should -- take right now:

Make sure your kids know their own names, addresses, telephone numbers and how to use the phone. Get a toll-free number so they can call from payphones without having to have a pocket full of change.

Always let them know how to reach you or your spouse on a cell phone or pager as well. And tell them whom to call if they need an adult and you're not available.

Instead of telling your kids not to talk to strangers, be more specific. Advise them to be on the lookout for strange behavior or strange situations. For instance, no adult should every try to get help from a child -- whether it's to find a lost dog or to help carry groceries.

Warn them to stay away from cars and vans, especially those belonging to people they don't know.

Make sure they know not to take gifts from unfamiliar adults or teenagers.

Tell them it's OK to say ''no'' to an adult. Many children have been taught to be polite and respectful to grownups so they're afraid to assert themselves.

Tell your children that no one they don't know will ever pick them up from school, the park or anywhere else unless you personally tell them in advance.

Talk to them about how no one -- this include teachers, relatives and other people they know -- should ever touch them on a part of their body that would be covered up by a bathing suit or in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Teach your kids to yell if someone is doing something that makes them scared or uncomfortable. Tell them to scream for help as loudly as they can and not to stop until someone comes to help them.

Finally, it's better to be safe then sorry. Always keep a current photo of your child as well as dental records. If your child is missing, you will need that information as well as a description of what the child was wearing, current weight and height and any toys or other identifying items they might have had with them.

You can get more info and resources on this topic from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at their Web site, www.missingkids.com, or by calling 1-800-THE-LOST.

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« Reply #3 on: Dec 9th, 2004, 07:26am »

Mark Ledbetter is still missing, and he should not be forgotten, said a case manager for the Phoenix-based National Center for Missing Adults.

"When you're discussing (missing) adults, you're discussing a whole segment of the population that doesn't get as much coverage as children," Erin Bruno said Wednesday.

Ledbetter, 38, was reported missing on the morning of Nov. 20, the day after he and two coworkers drove in his maroon Chevy pickup truck to the Ponderosa Park area of Casper Mountain, according to reports from the Natrona County Sheriff's Office.

The vehicle got stuck, and Ledbetter stayed with the truck while the two coworkers walked down the mountain, he said.

When they returned to the truck the next morning, Ledbetter was gone.

The Sheriff's Office recovered the truck.

On Nov. 20 and 21, sheriff's deputies with the Natrona County Emergency Management Office searched likely areas on the mountain, including Teepee Canyon, the Hazelton trail, and Hat Six Road, Lt. Stew Anderson said last week.

Deputies found a set of footprints on Casper Mountain Road that stopped in the road, and that person possibly was picked up by a passerby, Anderson said.

The Emergency Management Office called off the search on the night of Nov. 20, and resumed it on the afternoon of the next day and continued until Nov. 22.

The storm during the four-day Thanksgiving Day holiday last week has rendered access impossible to the site where the vehicle was stuck and Ledbetter was last seen.

There has been no indication of foul play, said sheriff's Sgt. Mark Sellers.

"He's still classified as a missing person until we get something different," Sellers said.

He has urged people who have cabins on the mountain to check them to see if Ledbetter might have entered them to escape the cold.

Ledbetter's father Kirk also placed an advertisement in the Star-Tribune asking people to check their cabins.

Kirk Ledbetter said Wednesday that he and his wife were in Casper from their home in Nevada for the past week to pack Mark's belongings.

"We appreciate all the assistance we've been offered by everyone," Ledbetter said. "We appreciate everyone's prayers," he said.

He declined further comment.

Bruno of the National Center for Missing Adults said that Mark Ledbetter's situation is more unusual than that of many missing adults because he was last seen in a rugged area, Bruno said.

But the circumstances surrounding his disappearance warrant listing him in the NCMA's database, she said.

The center's mission includes maintaining a national clearinghouse for missing adults, assisting law enforcement and families, providing resources and referrals to families of missing adults, offering victim advocacy, and training of law enforcement to improve responses to missing adults, according to its Web site at www.theyaremissed.org.

Bruno urged people to report anything that they believe may help locate Ledbetter, and urged the media to keep him before the public because anyone could be in his situation, she said.

"We try to impress upon the family and law enforcement that this is someone's brother or son," Bruno said.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 7th, 2005, 11:44pm »

A law enforcement support organization has joined the effort to find a missing Tahlequah man.

Tahlequah police were notified this week that the National Center for Missing Adults, a federally and publicly supported nonprofit organization, is assisting in the search for Stephen Mitchell Adams, 26.

Adams has been missing since Dec. 13, when he called his girlfriend to tell her he was taking a man to Keys.

The NCMA concentrates its efforts on adults determined by law enforcement to be endangered due to foul play, diminished mental capacity, physical disability or suspicious circumstances.

"We are here to support your efforts and to generate leads for your investigation," NCMA case manager Erin Bruno said in a letter to the TPD.

NCMA does not investigate leads and is considered a support to law enforcement. Any information NCMA receives is forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Adams' information is posted on the NCMA website at www.missingadults.org, with links to local, state and federal law enforcement sites.

Adams, who is white, stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. His vehicle, a white 1998 GMC 1-ton pickup with an Oklahoma license plate of SEQ 714, is also missing.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Adams' whereabouts. The agency reported this week that Adams' family has been told they would be hurt, if the investigation did not stop.

Anyone with information concerning Adams' whereabouts should contact Tahlequah police at 456-8801 or the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 24th, 2006, 6:39pm »

October 23, 2006
Federal budget cuts have severely depleted the resources to the
National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) and this agency is being
forced to close the doors of their office in Phoenix, AZ and relocate
if this nationally-respected agency is to remain open. The agency is
pleading to Congressional Representatives, the public and the
national business community to help with contributions, moving
assistance, and new office space so NCMA can remain in operation!

When the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance
called on the National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA), the first
clearinghouse for missing adults in the country, to provide case
management and support services to thousands of families of missing
adults left in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, no one expected
the future of the agency was at stake. While the National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) filtered calls for those under
the age of 18 missing in the hurricane catastrophe, their own funding
does not allow for assistance to be provided to those over 18.

Established as a national clearinghouse for missing adults since 2002
and working in partnership with governmental agencies, the Phoenix
based missing person agency handled over 13,500 missing adult reports
closing 99.9% of the cases in the months following the hurricane. The
Hurricane Katrina efforts cost the agency over $200,000 of their own
funding, and with only $50,000 reimbursement from the federal
government, has depleted the agency’s own reserve. With bills
stacking up, a 70% reduction in staff, and no money left to pay the
lease the agency must immediately vacate the nearly 8,000 square feet
of offices they have been renting since 1998.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) receives
over $35 million dollars per year to assist with missing children
cases. However, during the last fours years, NCMA’s federal
income was cut to $148,000 for 2006 operating costs. With a reduction
in staff and now a move to a smaller facility, providing services to
thousands of families nationwide is threatened to being taken away.
Without NCMA in operation, this means that families of missing adults
and law enforcement agencies no longer have a helpful resource to rely
on for assistance.

During 2005, NCMA handled 23,421 missing person reports and provided
assistance to over 24,741 family members of missing persons.
Approximately 2,000 law enforcement agencies received assistance.
“Currently Kristen’s Act Reauthorization of 2005, H.R.
2103, is pending in Congress and would appropriate up to $4 million
per year to the agency but with continued delays in Congress we are
just financially unable to continue operating out of our North
Phoenix offices,” said Erin Bruno, Director of Case Management.
“Our founder of the agency has sold her own personal property
and declined pay since April 2006 to try to keep this agency running
so families throughout the country had a place to go for help.”


The public may contact the agency by calling (602) 749-2000 or (800)
690-3463 or by visiting www.missingadults.org.

NMCO is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization working with local, state
and federal law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners. NCMA, a
division of NMCO is the only national missing adult clearinghouse
funded by the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance
to provide advocacy and support services to families of missing
adults and directly involved in the President’s DNA Initiative,
“Advancing Justice through DNA Technology.”

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