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    KY - Juanita Ritchie, 38, Dwarf, 1 Nov 1966

    Juanita Ritchie:



    It appears after all this time the authorities are actively searching for Juanita thanks to the continued efforts of her family. Here is an article:

    http://hazard-herald.com/pages/full_...20&id=20181300

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    You really hope that this brings some closure for the family after all of these years. Just a couple of questions. Why was the Kentucky State Police involved in the initial investigation rather than the Perry County Sheriff's Office? In all respect to the family, why didn't they put pressure put on the K.S.P. for not doing more about this at the time? Someone from K.S.P. making a couple of phone calls and writing a letter for a missing mother of six? That's just simple desk work and pretty weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cincinnati Kid View Post
    Why was the Kentucky State Police involved in the initial investigation rather than the Perry County Sheriff's Office?
    Back then most rural county sheriff offices in Kentucky only had a sheriff and a couple of deputies in their department.

    They didn't have the kind of resources, such as detectives, crime lab, or manpower that the Kentucky State Police had.

    The Kentucky State Police had statewide jurisdiction and county sheriff offices only had jurisdiction in their own county.

    Years ago in Kentucky, most local law enforcement agencies in Kentucky didn't take a missing person report if the missing person was an adult on account that an adult was old enough to go anywhere they wanted and there wasn't anything they could do about it if an adult went missing.

    That's why there is an awful lot of adult folks in Kentucky that haven't been reported as missing by local law enforcement agencies years ago.

    They're not listed as missing on any missing persons databases, and they are still missing to this day.

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    Thank you for the information.

    In questioning the jurisdiction of the KSP over the county sheriff, I noted that Juanita Ritchie lived in Perry County and the last place she was seen was in that county as well. As such, I was reminded of the disappearance of Melanie Flynn some years later in Lexington. In the book that I read about that, it noted the KSP did not have immediate jurisdiction to be involved and the initial investigation was handled by Lexington Metro Police. KSP later became involved in the case after Ms. Flynn's purse was found along the Kentucky River near Camp Nelson.

    You do hope something now comes of this matter after all of these years.

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