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    Lightbulb Resources for Families of the Missing

    I believe there used to be a resources thread here that was a sticky. I looked through all of the pages, and could not find it. I also did a search for “resources” unsuccessfully. I think it would be a good idea to have one, so I will start one. If management disagrees, they can pull the thread.

    Resources would include organizations which assist families of the missing, a brief description of the organization, and link to their site.


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    There was one called "Information" which is no longer a sticky:

    http://websleuths.com/forums/showthr...ighlight=links


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    Quote Originally Posted by fourboys
    There was one called "Information" which is no longer a sticky:

    http://websleuths.com/forums/showthr...ighlight=links
    I'll sticky it if you like either one or both...just let me know in a post or pm


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    The old was was outdated and had some erroneous info in it, so let's keep this one, if that's ok. Thank you.


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    Missing in Canada

    Are you looking for a family member who has gone missing without explanation in Canada? If you are, there are websites that can help by letting others know about your missing loved one.

    Whether your family member disappeared recently or decades ago, we can create a publicly accessible case file that is included on The Doe Network or the North American Missing Persons Network (NAMPN) websites. Both sites feature profiles of those who have disappeared without explanation or under suspicious circumstances. This service is free. You will not be asked to pay to have your loved one's information added to the websites.

    Please note that neither The Doe Network nor NAMPN accept cases involving searches for lost loves, birth parents or old friends.

    If your loved one went missing in Canada and you would like to have his/her case added to The Doe Network or to the NAMPN websites, please contact lusia.doenetwork@gmail.com.




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    I have a great deal of respect for the National Center for Missing Adults (which also profiles some juveniles) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (which also profiles some adults under 21). Other helpful but lesser known resources would be Project Jason and the Child Seek Network.

    And of course I'll mention my own site, the Charley Project. It's similar to the Doe Network and NAMPN in that it is a publicity vehicle for unsolved cases. The person must have been missing six months ago or longer. I mostly do US cases but will also profile foreign ones with a US connection (for example if the missing person was a US citizen who disappeared in another country.)


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    Here's an article about hiring a private detective and what families need to know:

    http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com...estigator.html

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    http://www.projectjason.org
    Read our Voice for the Missing Blog
    http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/
    Last edited by Kelly; 04-14-2007 at 07:00 PM.


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    Part II of the series, Considering a Private Investigator, has been posted on the Project Jason Voice for the Missing blog. The purpose of this series is to provide families of the missing with enough information to be able to make a good decision about hiring a private detective to work on their missing loved one's case.

    You may read part II here:
    Project Jason-Voice for the Missing: 4/15/07 Considering a Private Investigator, Part II

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    Project Jason - Assistance for families of the missing
    Read our Voice for the Missing Blog
    Project Jason-Voice for the Missing


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    Healing Harbor: A Free Counseling Service offered by Project Jason

    Project Jason is pleased to announce the opening of Healing Harbor.

    Healing Harbor is a free service provided to families of the missing by nonprofit organization Project Jason and Duane Bowers, LPC.

    Families of the missing suffer a unique tragedy, one with which many professional counselors do not have the training or experience to be able to properly service their clients. In addition, many families do not have the financial means to seek professional counseling. Duane is one of the nation’s most qualified counselors in regards to issues faced by these families, and we are honored to have him with us to answer your questions.

    Healing Harbor can provide answers and assistance on a variety of emotional issues that effect family members of missing persons. This assistance may provide the boost needed for that family member to deal with and adapt to the situation without seeking counseling. (Please keep in mind that Healing Harbor should not be viewed as a substitute for individual, private counseling if needed.)

    Families of the missing who elect to participate in Healing Harbor are invited to post their question to Duane in our private forum area. These questions may cover any topic of interest in respect to emotional issues that relate to having a missing person in their life.
    If you are a family member of a missing person, and would like to take advantage of this service, please register at our forum, located at http://www.projectjason.org/dpforum/forum.php

    After registration, simply follow the instructions in the verification email you will receive, and then let us know that you have registered, so we can grant permissions for you to enter the special forum area. Email us with your username, the name of the missing loved one, and your relationship to them. After verification, we’ll open up access to Healing Harbor to you.

    The Healing Harbor forum is: http://projectjason.org/dpforum/forum_display.php?id=25
    Posting Guidelines, FAQ's, and other pertinent information: http://projectjason.org/dpforum/forum_display.php?id=26
    The Waiting List and Questions area: http://projectjason.org/dpforum/forum_display.php?id=27

    We hope that you will find healing in our safe harbor.

    With Hope for all of our Missing Loved Ones,

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    http://www.projectjason.org
    Read our Voice for the Missing Blog
    http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/


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    This is a repost of information, however all of the links have changed and I cannot edit an old post. We were also finding that many people did not forward this notice to LE, family members, coroners, and medical examiners they know, so it's certainly worth a repost for that reason alone. Thank you.



    Dear Families, Supporters, and Friends of Project Jason,

    We are pleased to announce that we have begun to provide law enforcement (LE) training by professional instructors, available in the form of audio files. These audio files can be accessed 24 hours a day on our website at http://www.projectjason.org/training.html There is no charge to utilize this training.

    We began our ongoing series with a 4-part program about DNA and CODIS as it pertains to solving missing persons cases. As you know, it is critical that LE make use of the available technologies and systems in place. Obtaining DNA samples from the family members of missing persons (or DNA from the missing persons themselves) in an attempt to match them to DNA from unidentified remains is one method of finding the answers about our missing loves ones, resolving cold cases, and solving crimes.

    Our guests for the DNA training are Dr. Arthur Eisenberg and George Adams from the Center for Human Identification (CHI) at North Texas University. Dr. Eisenberg pioneered much of today's DNA testing protocol and is one of the world's leading DNA scientists. "First and foremost, there never should be a human remain, a skeletal remain of anyone's loved one that would be buried or cremated without the retention of a DNA sample for analysis. If those samples are in CODIS, there's always a chance." Dr. Eisenberg stated.

    George Adams is the LE liaison for the CHI, has many years of law enforcement experience and regularly conducts training for the CHI. "Once you enter a sample into CODIS, you're not working within your jurisdiction, you're working within the jurisdictions of everyone entering samples into CODIS", said George Adams. "You are bringing in so much power into your investigation. It is explosive. If we can get everyone to do this, these samples will be matched, they will be made, and the sooner we match them the sooner the law enforcement can identify who the perpetrator is, and take him off the streets."

    More detailed biographies along with the audio training files can be found on the Law Enforcement Training page at http://www.projectjason.org/training.html

    Each audio segment is approximately 30 minutes long.


    Topics covered in the DNA training modules:

    History and types of DNA

    Best practices for obtaining DNA samples

    CODIS and State Databases

    Importance of Chain of Custody

    CHI Services

    The nationwide crisis and the need for these processes to become standard procedure

    While this information will be helpful for the families of the missing and organizations which serve them, the main goal is to disseminate this information to LE. You may feel free to forward this email to all interested persons. For families of the missing and organizations which serve them, all 4 parts will be of interest, but there are several messages of hope and encouragement in the last section. Working together, we can accomplish so much. There is always hope!

    If you have a missing loved one, and do not have either their DNA in CODIS or yours, Part II discusses steps for you, and then your LE, to take.

    Quick technical tips for playing audio files:

    Double-clicking on the audio file on the site will download it to your PC. It may begin to play nearly immediatetely, or may take several minutes to download, depending upon which audio players you have on your PC and how you have them set up.

    You can also download the files to a MP-3 player or an IPOD.

    Note: Persons using dial-up internet may encounter difficulties in playing the files.

    Direct links to the audio files:

    Part I:
    http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DN...byCHIPart1.mp3

    Part II:
    http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DN...byCHIPart2.mp3

    Part III:
    http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DN...byCHIPart3.mp3

    Part IV:
    http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DN...byCHIPart4.mp3

    Direct links for the biographies and CHI contact information for LE:
    http://www.projectjason.org/eisenberg.html
    http://www.projectjason.org/adams.html

    We will add more LE training on a regular basis covering a variety of topics.

    Please forward this notice to interested persons, including law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, and other families of missing persons.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    http://www.projectjason.org
    Free Online Counseling for Families of the Missing
    http://www.projectjason.org/benefits.html#healingHarbor


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    I have re-written our services and benefits statement:

    Project Jason is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, and was established on October 6, 2003. Our organization primarily focuses on case assessment, resources, and support for families of the missing. We are not an investigative agency, nor do we perform searches. We offer services we are trained to provide. I handle all interactions with family members, and have over 100 hours of professional training in various aspects of missing persons, including emotional support, DNA, support tools, databases and related matters, case management, media interaction, and more.

    All of our services are free. As a nonprofit organization, we depend on the generosity of the public to support us, so that we can continue this very important work. We ask that this support come from other members of the community, rather than the families of the missing.

    Our services to families include:

    Case Assessment: We take a look at the case, what has been done, and is being done, and make suggestions to ensure that certain necessary steps that the family or Law Enforcement should take have not been missed. We may also then refer that family to other trustworthy organizations, based upon the results of the assessment.

    Awareness Programs:

    18 Wheel Angels: Bi-monthly poster dissemination campaigns aimed at truck drivers and business travelers. It includes a listing of the featured missing persons in a national trucking publication, Through the Gears.

    Adopt a Missing Person: Personalized awareness campaign in which photo buttons of the missing person and a personal biography written by family members are used to create and increase awareness.

    Come Home: Bi-monthly personalized poster dissemination campaigns targeting missing person cases wherein there is evidence that the person may be living a homeless lifestyle. Poster links are emailed to participating homeless shelters nationwide who then print and place the poster in their shelter.

    Voices for the Missing: Audio interviews done with families of the missing wherein they tell their stories.

    Voice for the Missing Blog: Stories about missing persons along with a variety of educational information are shared.

    More Services for Families:

    We will create and upload a poster for the missing person and can also help them with media contacts and press releases. We provide them with emotional support and help them become empowered to seek new avenues for awareness. We place the photo of the missing person on our main website and keep a ongoing thread for updates and information on our forum. With an average of 700 website hits per day and climbing, this is also a valuable tool for awareness.

    Healing Harbor: Healing Harbor is the only free online counseling service for families of the missing. One of the nation's most respected and knowledgeable counselors in the area of the emotional needs of families of the missing, Duane Bowers, provides answers and assistance via our private forum.

    Family Member Forums: These private family member-only forums, provide families of the missing a way to meet and network with other family members, sharing their stories and offering each other support and additional tools for dealing with having a missing person in their lives.

    Other Services:

    Campaign for the Missing: This is a grassroots effort to pass legislation in each and every state that can positively effect the outcome of missing persons cases. Project Jason serves as the facilitator for this campaign, and mentors each volunteer through the process in their state.

    Law Enforcement Training: Free audio training on various topics designed to provide critical information to law enforcement, with the goal of dramatically improving the number of resolved cases. This information will also be helpful to coroners, medical examiners, and the families of the missing.

    Personal ID Kit: A free downloadable Personal ID Kit is provided by Project Jason in both English and Spanish. The kit contains a list of the first steps to take in the event your loved one is missing, plus valuable information that law enforcement will need. We encourage every member of the family to have one completed. No one is immune from becoming a missing person, and when it happens, every minute counts.

    Project Jason Forum: Our forum provides a wide variety of news and support information about missing persons and related issues. We also provide safety information for all ages.

    Project Jason: http://www.projectjason.org/

    Project Jason Forum: http://projectjason.org/dpforum/forum.php

    Project Jason Voice for the Missing blog: http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/

    Contact us at:

    information@projectjason.org
    OR
    402-932-0095

    We are the Voice for the Missing; speaking for those who are not among us but who are forever in our hearts.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason


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    A Project Jason Announcement:

    Good Day,

    Project Jason is pleased to announce an increase in monthly campaigns on our awareness program, the 18 Wheel Angels. Currently, two campaigns per month are featured on our website at http://www.projectjason.org/18wheel.shtml Beginning on November 1, 2007, we will now increase that to 4 campaigns per month.

    18 Wheel Angels is a poster dissemination campaign aimed at truck drivers, who are natural networkers. We also encourage business travelers and the general public to come to the website, download, print, and display these posters in local businesses. A special poster is made for each selected person on the campaign. An example of these posters can be found at the website and below my signature in this message. (This is not a poster displayed on trucks. It is a print and place campaign.)

    All missing persons who have been featured on the campaign will have their poster available to download on the 18 Wheel Angels page on our website until they are found.

    In addition to the campaign, the selected missing person's information and photo is also featured in a trucking publication called Through the Gears. This free magazine is distributed in truck stops nationwide and has a circulation of about 150,000. The selected missing persons' information will also be on the trucker.com website under Missing Persons. Depending upon available space, some families may have a short story about the missing person published in the magazine in addition to the photo(s) and basic data.

    Through the Gears is one of Target Media Partner's many publications. In partnership with Project Jason, they will now feature four missing persons per month.Two will be presented in Through the Gears, and the other two will be in the magazine Independent Contractor. (You can pick up your free copies at a local truck stop, but if it's far from you, you may want to call and ask if they carry that magazine. These are NOT with the regular for purchase magazines.)

    What does this mean to you as a family member of a missing person?

    The 18 Wheel Angels program is a great opportunity for awareness for your missing loved one. If he/she has never been featured on the campaign before, you can ask to be on the waiting list for the campaign. As with all of our programs, there is no cost to you. We develop the poster, upload it, submit it to our trucking industry partners and will also do a press release to the media in the area of the disappearance if you'd like. We have been told by several of the families whose loved ones were featured on the campaign that leads were generated from it.

    What does this mean to you as an organization providing assistance to family members of missing persons?

    The 18 Wheel Angels campaign can be another way you can help your families with awareness. We do need permission directly from the family to run their missing loved one on the campaign, so feel free to refer those qualified cases to us for assistance. Since we have more missing adult cases than child cases, we'd like to get some referrals from families of missing children as well. You can also forward this message to the families you serve.

    Excluded case types: (This is due to the targeted nature of the campaign and in working with publishing deadlines for the magazines, which run a month or more in advance.)

    Persons missing in a natural disaster, in a wilderness area, or in a body of water
    Persons declared by a court of law or a law enforcement agency to be deceased
    Repeat runaways, unless they have been missing for more than 6 months and their whereabouts are not known

    Check here to see if your missing loved one has already been featured: http://www.projectjason.org/18wheel.shtml

    If you have not registered your missing loved one with Project Jason before, please do so here: http://projectjason.org/report.html

    To see all of Project Jason's benefits and services, please click here: http://projectjason.org/benefits.html

    Statistics show that one in every 6 missing persons is located because of a visual aid, such as a poster. The 18 Wheel Angels campaign is one way to increase awareness, and hopefully, bring someone loved and missed back home.

    With Hope for all of our missing loved ones,

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    http://www.projectjason.org
    Read our Voice for the Missing Blog
    http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/

    Example of poster: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...LeahPoster.jpg


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    For those of you who know someone in law enforcement that may benefit for taking a Missing Adults Training Class please send them the link below. I have been working with Fox Valley Technical College for 4 years and we have trained several hundred LE.

    The next class is in Virginia on July 8-10, 2008

    "The National Center for Missing Adults in partnership with
    Fox Valley Technical College, Criminal Justice Center for Innovation

    Learn about critical investigative tools, federal legislation and resources YOU and YOUR AGENCY need to know to effectively respond to reports of missing adults. This is a MUST-HAVE training for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. This training is designed for investigators, detectives, college campus police officers, police academy instructors, dispatchers, and policy makers."

    http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?ID=1238&PID=1


    Robert Cooke
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCOOKE View Post
    For those of you who know someone in law enforcement that may benefit for taking a Missing Adults Training Class please send them the link below. I have been working with Fox Valley Technical College for 4 years and we have trained several hundred LE.

    The next class is in Virginia on July 8-10, 2008

    "The National Center for Missing Adults in partnership with
    Fox Valley Technical College, Criminal Justice Center for Innovation

    Learn about critical investigative tools, federal legislation and resources YOU and YOUR AGENCY need to know to effectively respond to reports of missing adults. This is a MUST-HAVE training for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. This training is designed for investigators, detectives, college campus police officers, police academy instructors, dispatchers, and policy makers."

    http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?ID=1238&PID=1


    Robert Cooke
    http://www.rachelcookesearch.org
    RC!!! What a wonderful surprise to see you here this AM with news that I can share with our local LEO. I sooooooo wanted to contact you while this following case was still a mystery. Please read if you have the the time and now that your family remains in my heart and thoughts.

    http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58743

    Love,
    RR


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    National Institute of Justice is setting up two databases. One a database of unidentified remains and the other a database of missing person reports.

    Currently they are submitting unidentified remains. There are some there now and the database is searchable. By 2009 families and LE will be able to submit missing persons reports. At the missing persons site there is info about state clearinghouses, victim assistance info and other resources.
    http://www.namus.gov/


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