America’s Silent Mass Disaster
Every year 850,000 people in the U.S. go missing. Many do return home safely. But thousands do not. Today in the U.S. there are over 140,000 unsolved missing person’s cases. And the number grows each year. This ongoing crisis has become known as America’s Silent Mass Disaster.
“When it comes to finding missing and lost persons, the public sector often lets us down. Our fellow human beings go missing more frequently than most people realize, and law enforcement is often not effective in finding the missing.
The flawed official search and rescue process causes deep pain and suffering to the loved ones of those missing people. The survivors are victims of unresolved loss. When law enforcement stops their search without finding the lost person, the family is plunged into deep despair—with feelings of abandonment, helplessness, and hopelessness.
Not knowing what happened, and not being able to lay your loved one to rest piles grief upon grief. In addition, local law enforcement, responsible for search and rescue (SAR), is often inadequately trained, prepared, equipped, and funded. Worst of all (perhaps due to ignorance of the problem), U.S. citizens tolerate gross inequity and unfairness in standards of conduct and funding.”
Bringing Jon Home - The Wilderness Search for Jon Francis, by David Francis
Chapter 16, Upon a Foundation.