SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — In the United States, around 460,000 children are reported missing every year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, NCIC. South Dakota currently has 88 missing persons reported.
The South Dakota Office of Attorney General now has a website to keep you updated on missing people. The list includes the name, sex, ethnicity, the age when the person went missing and the age they are now. The Chief of Staff for the Attorney General’s Office, Tim Bormann, said they are working on cooperation from agencies, friends and family to get a photo of each person on the list.
Another project the South Dakota Office of Attorney General is working on is Missing Persons Monday.
Every Monday, the department will be highlight two or three people that are missing from South Dakota. Each video is posted on their Youtube channel.
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is hoping by posting these videos, it will shed some light on each case, and, in turn, trigger a memory someone may have in connection to seeing them and helping with the case.
“It’s just an innocent fact that they don’t know about that is important to us and part of the greater puzzle, but we’re asking for more awareness from the public. And, that way they can hopefully help us get through some of these cases, find people if they’re still alive, or even if they’re not alive yet maybe we can bring some closure to some family,” Ravnsborg said.
Ravnsborg said that the people on the website are ones who have been missing for more than just a few hours or day or two. That’s why there are people who may be missing who aren’t listed right away.
“We learn that there’s about 120 people, at any given time, missing in South Dakota, and the other thing that I wanted to know is I wanted to know the specifics. Who are these people and do we have pictures? What information is the latest information that we have, and so that’s what I tried to find and collect,” Ravnsborg said.
If you do know someone on the list, Ravnsborg is asking you to contact the Attorney General’s office to help collect more details about them.
“So that we can get more information out and some of them you’ll see I have a picture, and some of them I don’t have a picture. So, I guess, that’s where I’d like to start with some of the cases is please if there’s family, friends, relatives, someone do they have a picture? I think it becomes more real people if they have a picture and you have a better chance of, ‘Hey I’ve seen that person,’ or, ‘I last saw that person somewhere,'” Ravnsborg said.
And, if you feel you may have information about a missing person, local departments handling each case is listed on the South Dakota Missing Persons website.
The link below talks about how the state planned to improve its Missing Persons website.