Archive for May 22nd, 2007

Search the Internet and you will find several sites which are almost identical except for a few subtle differences. 

The UK Missing Kids website seems to be a “lite” version of the NCMEC or ICMEC. It isn’t immediately clear why there are multiple sites with the only differences appearing to be the header of the site.

Is there a need for multiple official looking sites with the same information? Is it simply an opportunity to fund-raise by the NCMEC by licensing the template or soliciting fees for the use of their technology? Is it confusing or does it open the door for errors?

 icmec missing        uk missing kids

Do the various sites require different police jurisdictions to enter information? Could that account for why the missing date for Madeleine McCann is 03/05/07 at the UK Missing Kids site and 05/03/07 at the ICMEC site? Is it just the site’s date formatting? Do the sites compete for sponsors?

Fortunately the poster are correct. According to all the sites the issue of missing children in the UK is far less prevalent then in the U.S. 

Every year 9,000 children go missing in Scotland.
For the UK as a whole, over 77,000 children go missing every year.

The UK Missing Kids Website is the only site of this kind which is approved by the Home Office, ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and ACPO(S) (Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland).

Only the police can enter information on the UK site. The ACPO document – “Guidance on the Management, Recording and Investigation of Missing Persons 2005” – defines criteria for the use of the website by the police service.

The Missing Kids Website has been introduced to 16 countries and more are joining every year. The latest country to join was the Republic of Ireland.

Ironically, one of the countries not implementing the system is Portugal.


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A child has been abducted from Ord in/near NC Nebraska. The Ord Police Department is looking for a child who was last seen at Ord, NE and is believed to be in danger. The child’s name is Morgan S. Reilly.

She is a 17 year old, female with shoulder length, black or brown hair and was last seen wearing Grey Central City hooded sweatshirt, light colored jeans, flip flops. She is 5’5.

Hopefully the State of Nebraska’s ability to react to an Amber Alert  is more up to date then their information. 


There are 27 statewide systems and 71 total Amber Alert systems in place nationwide.  The systems are named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old Texas girl who was kidnapped and killed in 1996.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that since 1996 the system has been responsible for the recovery of 35 abducted children.

The AMBER Alert has been cancelled she was found safe.


Update: While the world is focused on abducted Madeleine McCann, the search for Morgan apparently was a hoax. But it isn’t the first abuse of an Amber Alert.

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Abusing Amber Alerts

Found and missing in Philadelphia

Amber Alerts and boyfriends

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