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My son was missing for 11 days, and thanks to your website, Outpost for Hope helped me find my son.  My son is a heroin addict and two attempts were made in my family to file a missing report on my son. He had taken a truck from his friend and never returned it and kept going with it. My mother and father went to the commissioner's office and tried there to file a missing report and they told them that it wouldn't do any good, because there was already an APB put out on the truck. Then my brother went to police barracks to file a report and they basically told him the same thing.

Well I didn't know what to do next. I was going crazy, because I wanted so desperately to find my son, so that's when I started researching on the web and found your site.I read the story about Ashley and how the law enforcement doesn't always follow through with their reports by putting them into the NCIC database and how a lot of John and Jane Does are never identified.

Thanks to Outpost for Hope and the information on your web site, I made copies and took them with me to the police barracks and filed a missing report on my son and made sure they would enter it into the NCIC database. They told me they would.Early the next morning, about 5 a.m., I received a call from the barracks: They had found my son and where to go get him. He was where I thought he would be, which I made several attempts myself to go to the city and look on street corners, down alley ways, but I knew it was useless in a big city to find someone on your own.  It was through the tips from your website, and the matter of making sure that my son was not one of the victims that fell through the cracks and never found.  If it wasn't for your tips and help, I think my son would still be missing today.  I want to give special thanks to you and all the information you put out to help people find their children.

Excellent information and web site. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, I give thanks and wish all the other families good luck in finding their missing loved ones.

My best to all of you, Nancy


My "Jane Doe" case is a good example of what this organization is all about. She was a young woman in her late teens, early twenties when she was deliberately set on fire and murdered. All investigative leads have been exhausted and there are reasons to believe she may have traveled from another state as a runaway or is simply a "kid off the grid". If we do not keep cases such as this alive then families will never know what happened to their loved ones and murderers will continue to roam free looking for their next young prey.

The internet is a great way to move information around and "Outpost for Hope" supports this movement with its website full of different options, suggestions and ideas.  With all the forensic files and crime scene investigation shows on television people want to be proactive in finding their loved ones or solving crimes.  Since 2001 I have watched their website grow with the needs of the people they are serving, defining an area that no one has taken the time to define - "kids off the grid". They are continually moving forward with solutions that make a real difference.... In all my years in law enforcement (over 17 years) I have never seen anyone take on such a challenging humanitarian cause as "Outpost for Hope."  

 Barbara A. Anderson

 Forensic Investigator / Artist

 Sacramento Police Department - Forensic Investigations

    Sacramento, CA


Hello, I just ran into your website and I think that it is great.

I am happy there are people out there willing to stand up for their missing loved ones that the police do not care about to even make a report.

My sister has been missing since she was 15/16yrs old and my mother never filed a missing persons report on her. My mother was murdered in 1981 and at that time my sister would have been going on the age of 18 and still missing.  

My siblings and I tried to get the police in NY to help us and to file a missing persons report, however, they refused.  It has been a frustrating 22 years and we still cannot get them to help.  We refuse to give up our search and our hope is that our sister is still out there alive and ok somewhere. 

I met Libba Phillips recently and knew her Granddaddy as a former pastor of our church.  I have a son who has been involved in drugs for 20 years now.  Libba and I talked about the pain of what drugs and mental illness does to families.  However, there is hope and the information that Outpost for Hope is giving families that is so needed in our world today.  I didn't know about this help until I met her and indeed it will be a great support.

Thank you,

Karen W.

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