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Where are all our missing children?

Why do we have so many missing children in Europe? Where are they all? Who is searching for them? Up until the last few days, the only missing child that anyone really knew of was Madeleine McCann. Yet now, according to the Greek charity looking after Maria, the four-year-old at the centre of a European search to find her parents after she was found with a Roma family in Greece, they have been...
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FBI launches app for missing people

It’s been a while since I have written about missing people, yet they remain some of my most sought after posts. After reading today about Neville Hobson interview  with an American PR professional, Tony Loftis, and his use of social media to track down his missing 13-year-old daughter who ran away from her home in Boston, I wanted to let him know about the FBI’s new app for...
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The missing – Gary Spencer (found!)

I’ve just heard from Gary Spencer who is listed as a missing person on this Thai website. He posted a comment on one of my posts about missing people saying he urgently wanted to get in touch with his family on the Isle of Wight. This is what Gary, who has been working as an English teacher in Thailand and has been missing for more than 10 years, wrote: Hi, I am shown as missing on the...
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Remembering the families of missing people

We all share the desperate anguish and heartache of the family of architect Joanna Yeates who vanished on 17 December after buying a pizza from Tesco in Bristol.   Police yesterday found the body of a woman near a golf course in Bristol and the circumstances of her death are suspicious. This case is a tragic reminder about the countless families around the world who still have no answers about...
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Share the Joy

I wish I had seen this festive video before I did my Christmas shop at the Body Shop last week. By playing it, you will be able to click on the video which will take you to their Facebook site where you can download a 30% discount voucher. Also, why not play it and see if you recognise any familiar faces, why not Share the Joy ….
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Crucial parliamentary debate on missing people

A crucial parliamentary debate is being held tomorrow challenging the government’s decision to axe its charity funding. Missing People is urging as many people as possible to contact their MP and request they attend this debate. The charity has issued a statement saying: “This is a critical time for missing persons. As it stands, government funding cuts mean that, in one blow, the...
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UK agency axed which helps find missing people

The families of missing people are devastated to learn that the National Policing Improvement Agency which helps find missing people in the UK is to be axed to save government funding. The NPIA maintains a database of 44,000 people listed on its Missing Persons’ Bureau, and it also has a database of unidentified bodies. It provides funding and operational support for police to conduct cold...
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Damien Nettles, missing 14 years, and his heartbroken mother’s search continues

This is the heartbreaking story of Valerie Nettles, whose lovely son Damien has been missing for 14 years next month, and whose search still continues: “We were an ordinary family, doing ordinary everyday things as life hummed along in a comfortable hum-drum way.  Then one night, my 16 year old son went out with his friends one wet windy cold night in November in Cowes on the Isle of Wight...
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The Missing – Carole Day

I have been asked to highlight the mysterious disappearance of Carole Day, a British ex-pat living in Hong Kong, who travelled to Manila in the Philipines on a business trip on 10th September and has vanished in thin air. A dedicated facebook site has been set up where her son Jai appeals for information of her whereabouts. Carole, 56, who is from Stoke and a 5ft 4ins strawberry blonde, went to...
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The missing – Luke Durbin

It’s four years since Luke Durbin went missing as a 19-year-old lad on a night out with friends in Ipswich. He had been missing a year when I first wrote about his disappearance and the torment of his broken hearted mother Nicki who believes he is dead.Tomorrow is the anniversary of Luke’s mysterious disappearance and his mother still desperately wants to discover the truth. What...
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The missing – Jaycee Dugard (reunited)

An 11-year-old schoolgirl who was abducted near her home in California 18 years ago was today being reunited with her shocked family after walking into a police station. Jaycee Lee Dugard was on her way to school when she was pulled into a stranger’s car just a block away from her South Lake Tahoe home. Her stepfather said he heard her scream and saw a man and a woman drive the terrified...
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The missing – April Fabb

Some names of missing people remain etched in the memory. One of those is April Fabb, a  13-year-old Norfolk schoolgirl who vanished 40 years ago today. On April 8, 1969, April had been cycling to her sister’s home in Roughton, near Cromer to give her brother-in-law a birthday present. It was only two miles from her home in Metton, but she never made it along the country lane. In the...
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