Nearly 600 Kansans featured on new missing persons website

A new website is starting to get tips on missing persons cases in Kansas.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation launched the site Tuesday, featuring nearly 600 missing people — 280 juveniles and 292  adults. The agency hopes to increase public involvement and close cases, which can date back decades. The project has been months-in-the-making. 

“We know from experience that tips from the public provide a great advantage to law enforcement in locating missing Kansans, and we hope this website increases our interactions with citizens who wish to help,” said KBI Director Kirk Thompson in a statement.

Communications director Melissa Underwood said the website pulls information from law enforcement agencies across the state and pools data together in the Missing Persons Clearinghouse. The cases are updated in real time, giving people access to the most accurate information, Underwood said.

People can submit a tip on cases — even anonymously. They can also search profiles by a missing person’s name, sex, age, when and where they were reported missing; they can also search by height, weight, race, eye color and hair color. These details are featured on each profile and may include photos of the person. Law enforcement agencies can upload photographs of missing persons into the system, Underwood said. 

In addition to searching for people, the website explains what to do if you have a loved one reported missing, safety information and other resources, like services that can help pay for travel for runaways who wish to return home. 

KAKE News features stories of missing people and issues every weekday at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Missing in Kansas with Annette Lawless. You can see active cases or submit a tip to us by clicking here.

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