Monday, November 07, 2005

Missing Monday

It is the first Monday of the month and that means it is Missing Monday. This month's missing person is actually a couple, Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone. They were last seen on Saturday, February 19, 2005 leaving Abilene (a live music and restaurant venue) at 429 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Have you seen these people:


ACM said...

I was intrigued by this missing persons' conference that involved the families and police. Do you think that they can set up policies to making finding people more efficient?

AboveAvgJane said...

I was surprised to read about it in the paper since I hadn't seen any pr on it (or emails or blog announcements) beforehand. I think there could be more policies. The paper runs profiles of children awaiting adoption regularly (they always tug at my heart). I wonder if there couldn't be regular profiles of the missing as well. Blogs do it, but we don't have the audience. Some tv shows run regular "missing person" ads. Unless there is someone really making a stink I think it is all too easy for the case to find it's way into the unsolved pile. Nothing against the police -- I know they are overworked and underpaid for the work they do.

it is fascinating to me to read the reports of serial killers that are stumbled upon. Locally, Juan Covington is one. I read about others in the paper. They are caught for one thing and it turns out they have murdered a whole string of people, usually people who were living marginalized lives or with family and friends who didnt' have the skills or mean to kick up a fuss.

Some people just wandered off, like the older man a few years ago, who was found in the spring. He had fallen over a fence and froze to death.

It is too easy to forget them after a few months and move on to other things. I hope the Missing Monday campaign keeps the concept, and a few people at a time, in the public eye.

Long introduction. Yes, I think policies can be set up to make finding people more efficient, if only to make sure they don't get lost in a shuffle of paperwork. More posters in bus shelters, in post offices, in the paper, on blogs, etc. Cases to be automatically re-run every so many months. Suspects picked up in the area to be routinely questioned about anyone missing from that area, etc.

What do you think?