It is obvious from browsing this blog that I’m interested in missing persons cases, and my profiles of various “MPs” are often the most popular articles I post here. While a lot of my information comes from Charley Project, there are some other really great missing persons sites out there as well. One I’d like to profile is the terrific site ForTheLost.org.
ForTheLost is more than just a database of missing persons cases or a publicity engine (although sites that do those things exclusively are very valuable). Members of ForTheLost volunteer to monitor, investigate and work actively to solve missing persons cases. Consequently, the cases its volunteers take on are limited and carefully selected. There’s a focus on older cases for which law enforcement may not be actively investigating, and also a focus on children. There is also a corresponding blog for the site.
Some of the cases open on ForTheLost include:
- Christopher Dansby, a 2-year-old child who vanished from New York City in 1989.
- Jon Haynes, age 18, whose last known contact was a phone call placed to his father from a 7-11 in Boulder, Colorado; that was in 1981.
- Cynthia and Jackie Leslie, sisters, age 15 and 13 respectively, who disappeared on the way to a party in Mesa, Arizona in 1974.
- Four children, Sir-Kristopher Marshall, Ivy Matory, Violet Matory and Yolanta Williams, all of whom vanished after a mysterious house fire in Los Angeles in 1977.
- Anna Waters, who appears to have been kidnapped from Half Moon Bay, California in January 1973. I profiled Anna Waters in one of my own posts on this blog.
There is some really interesting information here and it’s worth checking out. ForTheLost.org is really something special, and I am going to be incorporating some cases and information from the site into my own MP profiles as time goes on.
ForTheLost.org is run by a woman named Annie Keller (she’s pictured at the top of this article). Annie has been having a difficult time of it lately, and an appeal recently went out to raise money for her for some badly needed dental procedures which are not covered by insurance. She has established a funding website here. If you see fit to help out a member of the missing persons community, I know she’d be very grateful.