Why Do Some Missing People Get More News Coverage?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --
Three weeks ago, Christie Wilson, a 27-year-old woman from Sacramento, vanished after spending the night gambling at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln. This month, several other people also disappeared; however, their cases have not received as much attention.
Through e-mails and phone calls, KCRA 3 has heard from viewers who asked how missing person stories are picked to cover. In short, KCRA 3 takes its cues from law enforcement who say they have very specific criteria for calling someone an "at risk" person or -- in more extreme cases -- someone missing under "suspicious circumstances."
Wilson's case was cut and dry for law enforcement to classify as a person missing under suspicious circumstances. She was last seen with a man who has a violent criminal history. Her car was left behind. And since Oct. 5, there's been no activity on her cell phone or bank accounts.
More ... http://www.kcra.com/news/5175903/detail.html
We often do discuss this subject.
This hit me hard today when I saw her picture in the news (below).
Beverly Paul was missing for a week, and today was the first news story I had seen of her. I checked back hours later today and it turns out she was actually found but not identified on October 19th. A truck had run over her
on the highway that day ... it took them that long to identify her and figure
out that this missing person was her. Why? I suspect because she didn't have the same "media" coverage ... To me, it just seems like no one was in a frenzy to put two and two together, except maybe her friends -- who incidently told LE that she had been feeling depressed lately.
And how depressing that the media didn't even seem to give
her the proper attention she deserved.
Her story I found today: http://www.kcra.com/news/5184597/detail.html