Category Archives: National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

He deserted, changed his name and hid for 40 years. It just caught up with him, police say

It was July 6, 1977, and Jeffrey Michels hadn’t reported for duty at Minot Air Force Base, a remote military installation in northwest North Dakota near the Canadian border.

The base is known for its harsh, long winters and its impressive collection of nuclear missile silos. But instead of reporting for duty at the outpost, Michels disappeared — and wasn’t seen again for four decades, according to National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

That’s because Michels had deserted, police say. He assumed the name Jeffrey Lantz, got married, had kids and started a construction business in Florida. When he was arrested in Sanford, Fla. on Oct. 12 by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, he was charged with military desertion and was handed over to the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, according to an arrest report filed last week.

How was he found? The Air Force hasn’t responded to a request for

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article179376586.html

Missing in Arizona Day, Oct. 21, aims to help families find information on missing people

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Around 1,516 people in Arizona qualify as unidentified people, which are different from missing persons. Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The 3rd annual Missing in Arizona Day is set for Oct. 21 at Arizona State University West and those seeking information on missing people are urged to attend, including missing people from tribal communities.

The Missing in Arizona Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ASU West, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale, Arizona.

The event is sponsored by top investigators from Maricopa and Pima County Sheriff’s Offices along with Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson Police departments and the Maricopa Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sheriff Paul Penzone said the issue is one that is not discussed often but has a huge

Read more at: http://www.williamsnews.com/news/2017/oct/17/missing-arizona-day-oct-21-aims-help-families-find/

Guest column: Missing persons a ‘silent mass diaster’ – Navajo

Imagine that you woke up today and realized that one of your loved ones never came home. Your phone calls go unanswered as minutes turn into hours. You think to yourself, “This is not normal.” You try to retrace their habits and patterns but no answers come. Knowing deep down something is wrong, you call the police. A mixed response is likely. Most police agencies will take a report and enter your family member as missing, but often little else can be done. Why?

The fact is, adults have the right to go missing. They are able to walk away from their lives, jobs and families at will. Historically, without evidence of foul play, these cases were closed without further action. Yet, for the family of the loved one who never came home, the incident remained forever — an unending nightmare. Tragically, this is an experience many families in our society

Read more at: http://www.nhonews.com/news/2017/oct/17/guest-column-missing-persons-silent-mass-diaster/

Unidentified body found in Chicago has Cleveland, Akron tattoos

Approximate sketch of the man whose body was found in Lake Michigan in 2015. 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The key to identifying a man whose body was found in Lake Michigan two years ago may lie in his Northeast Ohio-themed tattoos.

The body was pulled from the lake near Chicago’s Navy Pier on June 10, 2015, and bears tattoos that correspond with Cleveland, Akron, and Ohio State University, according to Cook County’s unidentified persons database.

The man is described as Asian and between 20 and 30 years of age. He was 5-feet-8-inches and weighed 122 pounds, the database says.

Tattooed on the man’s left forearm was the outline of the state of Ohio and the phrase “Cleveland 216.” Alongside it is an Ohio State Buckeyes logo, according to the database.

Also tattooed on the same arm is

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/10/unidentified_body_found_in_chi_1.html

Madison County Health Department hosts Missing Persons Day … – WBBJ

JACKSON, Tenn. — Those who may be looking for a lost family member or loved one were given some hope today at the Madison County Health Department.

The State Department of Health paired with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System to host Missing Persons Day.

The goal is to help families reconnect with their missing loved ones.

Loria Jenkins drove all the way from Lawrence County to provide DNA samples of her missing son, of more than a year, to enter into the database.

“I think it’s wonderful that they can help people. It makes us feel better that somebody is out hunting to find our children or whatever family member we have missing,” Jenkins said.

Organizers of Missing Persons Day say there are currently more than 1,000 missing persons cases in Tennessee.

Read more at: http://www.wbbjtv.com/2017/10/12/madison-county-health-department-hosts-missing-persons-day/

Madison County Health Department hosts Missing Persons Day – WBBJ

JACKSON, Tenn. — Those who may be looking for a lost family member or loved one were given some hope today at the Madison County Health Department.

The State Department of Health paired with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System to host Missing Persons Day.

The goal is to help families reconnect with their missing loved ones.

Loria Jenkins drove all the way from Lawrence County to provide DNA samples of her missing son, of more than a year, to enter into the database.

“I think it’s wonderful that they can help people. It makes us feel better that somebody is out hunting to find our children or whatever family member we have missing,” Jenkins said.

Organizers of Missing Persons Day say there are currently more than 1,000 missing persons cases in Tennessee.

Read more at: http://www.wbbjtv.com/2017/10/12/madison-county-health-department-hosts-missing-persons-day/

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office holds ‘Missing in Arizona Day’

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is inviting anyone with a long-term missing loved one or relative to attend its third annual Missing in Arizona Day event at ASU West this month.

At a press conference in Phoenix on Tuesday, Oct. 10, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said the event, to be held Oct. 21, is “dedicated specifically to men and women whose bodies … have been recovered, but are unfortunately unidentified, and families who are missing loved ones, yet have no idea if their loved ones are still alive.”

Penzone said there are 2,000 missing persons in Arizona and an additional 1,500 unidentified human remains.

“These are cases that would be difficult to solve, whether it is a natural death because we live in a desert with vast space, or it is a murder,” he said.

The event will connect family members of the missing with authorities who can accept evidence such as medical

Read more at: https://www.dcourier.com/news/2017/oct/12/maricopa-county-sheriffs-office-holds-missing-ariz/

Florence woman missing for more than a month


Megan Jackson

For more than a month, a Florence woman has been missing.

Megan Leigh Jackson, 20, was last seen Aug. 23 in Pueblo.

The Daily Record repeatedly has reached out to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office to get additional information regarding Jackson but has not received a returned call. The Daily Record also reached out to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office but also has not heard from them.

Jackson’s mother, who has asked to be unnamed because of her work in the prison systems, said that the PCSO is leading an investigation into her daughter’s disappearance.

Jackson is described as being 4 feet 9 inches tall, 142 pounds and has

Read more at: http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/news/florence/ci_31368439/florence-woman-missing-more-than-month

‘Missing in Arizona’ day to be held Oct. 21

Marine veteran Taylor Winston is being hailed a hero after saving dozens of lives during the mass shooting when he stole a truck and transported critically injured victims to the hospital. Shane Beus, owner of B5 Motors in Gilbert, offered Winston a brand-new Ford F-150 to honor him and express appreciation for his bravery, courage and American spirit. Full story @ https://goo.gl/uuBU9E. (Monday, Oct. 9, 2017)

Read more at: http://www.azfamily.com/story/36567850/missing-in-arizona-day-to-be-held-oct-21

DNA results in skeleton case may come soon

Members of the Leavenworth Police Department have been told they soon should receive word regarding DNA testing being performed in an effort to identify skeletal remains that were found last year near the Missouri River.

Members of the Leavenworth Police Department have been told they soon should receive word regarding DNA testing being performed in an effort to identify skeletal remains that were found last year near the Missouri River.

The testing is being performed at a laboratory in Texas.

The remains were found Dec. 13 as Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department personnel were clearing brush on a river embankment north of the Riverfront Community Center. The remains were found at the bottom of the embankment.

Police believe the remains are those of a caucasian man who was between 35-55 years of age. There were no obvious signs of foul play.

As they have worked to identify the remains,

Read more at: http://www.leavenworthtimes.com/news/20171010/dna-results-in-skeleton-case-may-come-soon