We have probably all seen the posters of missing persons or watched a TV program showcasing a particular missing person, or a newscast with a tragic story of a missing child or high profile story of a coed. Did you know that in the United States alone there are as many as 90, 000 people that might be missing at any given time? (source USA Today).
I was shocked to find such statistics! Many of these missing persons are found but how did they go missing in the first place? Children are abducted for many reasons. We can all agree that this is heartbreaking for both the child and the family beyond belief and understanding. In this post I will not even try to discuss the very sensitive and sad story of the more than 8 million children that go missing worldwide each year. No country is immune to this tragedy. I will instead focus on adults that are missing…
…my brother who went missing on March 20, 2016.
Of the many missing persons in the US, almost 60, 000 are adults and more than half of them are male. Adults go missing for a variety of reasons such as accidents, suicide, mental health issues, suspicious circumstances, and sometimes deliberately.
This is much more difficult than I thought. I planned to write an interesting overview on this subject full of stats and such but…
I just can’t.
We have done the normal things-filed a police report, checked hospitals, phoned, Facebook, drove around, prayed, asked for prayers, checked with friends…..the problem is…is he a deliberate disappearance like some family members think? Would he really leave us hanging like this? Is it time to plaster his face on milk cartons and telephone poles? Would he really allow us to worry? We are a very close family! Is he grieving at the loss of our sister last November? He is a long distance truck driver-is he working? Is he on the road? Has he chosen to live under a bridge or in a park? It is said no news is good news. We just want to know. Some think if we crank up the search we will paint him into the proverbial corner. If he left deliberately… is he just too embarrassed to make contact? He has previously “disappeared” for a day or two at a time…but not this long.
Come home Jimmy.
We miss you.
We love you.