As well as some of the high profile missing persons cases, I also try to provide attention to a few of the thousands of investigations that for whatever reason have not received much media attention.
Like this one.
On April 19, 2004, George Edward Milam of Mississippi was seen in the area of Ingram Mills Road in the community of Olive Branch (MS).
He was 38 years-old at the time, and wearing a polo-style shirt, khaki shorts, a ball cap, and high-top work shoes.
Reportedly, he also has a surgical scar on his navel.
Mr. Milam has not been seen since.
In the US Department of Justice's NamUS database for missing persons under Mr. Milam's file, that is all there is about this case--no indication as to why he disappeared, no record of dental information, no vehicle stats, and no indication that fingerprints or his DNA is on file.
A quick Internet search reveals nothing much else of use about the George Milam disappearance (except for a nickname).
Not much to go on, huh?
With so little information entered into systems to help find Mr. Milam, would anyone know that he is actually missing if he turned up working in Massachusetts?
What if authorities in New Jersey find a corpse with similar body characteristics as Mr. Milam (he is listed as 6'0, 230 lbs.), would investigators there have enough to even consider that the found individual may be the missing man from Mississippi?
The use of national database systems like NamUS are excellent methods for compiling information on missing persons.
But obviously, with police agencies having only so much manpower to dedicate to these cases (especially small police departments like the one handling Mr. Milam's cases), it would make sense for the Feds to reach out to places like colleges and universities to harness the power of student researchers.
These young and energetic researchers could add pertinent details to cases and that would then offer better publicity; so that the family of Mr. Milam and other folks across the nation who are looking for missing loved ones can increase the chances that the "disappeared" are found.
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