Missing person cases often neglected in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 350 people are considered missing in Iowa on any given day, but most of those receive little attention from police

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1djLytc ) investigated how missing-person cases are handled in Iowa and identified several concerns about the system.

Although every missing-person case could have a tragic ending, most are resolved simply when a runaway child returns home or an adult who left intentionally is found.

Gerard Meyers with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says it’s a challenge for law enforcement to stay vigilant about these cases.

The newspaper found that many cases are largely ignored as runaways. And the missing-person database is often outdated and lacks detailed descriptions and photographs. Some police departments do little follow-up.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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