More than 600,000 men, women and children are reported missing in the United States each year.
While Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts and other changes to how law enforcement handles missing-person cases are helping to reduce the number of unsolved disappearances, they remain a nightmare for the families involved.
Hope lies in the fact that most people do not simply disappear without a trace. Typically someone, somewhere knows or sees something that could help law enforcement recover a missing person. And whether you realize it or not, that someone could be you.
Please take a few moments to read the stories of this week's missing people. If you recognize one of them, help end a family’s uncertainty by contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Kimberly Cameron, 18, of Newington, Conn., was last seen at about 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 near her Salem Drive home. Authorities have issued a Silver Alert for the missing teen, but no further details are available at this time. Cameron is described as an African-American female, 5-feet-4-inches tall, approximately 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Newington Police Department at (860) 666-8445.
Scott Haworth, 47, of Chicopee, Mass., has been missing since late August. He signed a hiking trail register on Aug. 30, in the Dix Mountain Wilderness Area, an Adirondack Park unit of New York's Forest Preserve. Police said Haworth is an avid hiker, but was not prepared for an overnight campout. A witness believes she may have spotted Haworth at the Valley Grocery in Keene Valley on Sept. 3, four days after he signed the Round Pond trailhead register. The sighting has not yet been confirmed. Haworth is described as 6-feet tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He has blue eyes, brown hair and a beard. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the New York State Police's Ray Brook office at 518-897-2000.
Sept. 6 was the last time family members saw 59-year-old Helen Holmes, of Townshend, Vt. According to Robert Rizzuto at The Republican, the registered nurse was last seen at her home at approximately 9 a.m. Investigators were asked to check on her at 2 p.m. that day when she failed to show up for an appointment. Authorities have been unable to locate Holmes or her 2010 Subaru Forester with Vermont license plate DAK 316. She is described as 5-feet-9-inches tall and 170 pounds. Anyone who has seen Holmes or her vehicle is asked to contact Vermont State Police at (802) 254-2382
Authorities in Greenville, S.C., are trying to locate 39-year-old Misty Johnson. She was last seen the morning of Sept. 12, leaving a sports bar on Gladys Drive. Johnson's vehicle was found inside the city limits of Greenville on Saturday. She was not with it. No additional details have been released. Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to call Greenville police at (864) 271-4273.
Authorities in Los Angeles County, Calif., are seeking the public's help in locating 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Laspisa was last seen on Aug. 30. His 2003 Toyota Highlander was later found on its side near Castaic Lake. On Sept. 4, authorities found a burned body near the area where the car accident had occurred, but an autopsy revealed it belonged to someone else. Laspisa is described as 5-feet-11-inches tall, 170 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing white cargo shorts, a blue and white checkered shirt and Nike shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's department at (323) 890-5500.
Kassidy Leigh Lewis
Fifteen-year-old Kassidy Lewis has not been seen since Sept. 10, when a neighbor saw her getting into a maroon car outside her home in New Carlisle, Ohio. The teen's parents later discovered a note that indicated she may have been picked up by someone she met on Facebook, police said. Lewis may now be traveling to Tennessee. She is described 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighing about 100 pounds. She has light brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone who has seen Kassidy Leigh Lewis is asked to contact the Clark County Sheriff's Office at (937) 328-2561.
UPDATE: Officials with the Clark County Sheriff's Office have located Kassidy Lewis near Donnelsville. She is safe. No further details are available.
The Dickinson Press reports that Connecticut police are trying to locate Jonathan Linn, a 16-year-old Devils Lake High School student who has been missing since Aug. 10. According to the Devils Lake Police Department, Linn was last seen on foot on U.S. Highway 2, approximately 6 miles east of Devils Lake. The teen is described as 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt, carrying a sweatshirt. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Devils Lake police at (701) 662-5323.
Authorities in California are investigating the disappearance of 72-year-old Noorieh Manavi-Nameghi. According to police, Manavi-Nameghi has not been seen since Sunday, when she apparently left her Long Beach home. Authorities said Manavi-Nameghi does not speak English and suffers from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. She is described as Iranian, 115 pounds and 5-feet-5-inches tall. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a black jacket, blue pants and brown Sketchers-type shoes. She was also wearing a bracelet with her name on it. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 435-6711.
UPDATE: Noorieh Manavi-Nameghi has been found safe. She was located at a Starbucks in Buena Park and has been reunited with her family.
Ten-year-old Devon Morrison was last seen in Belding, Mich., on Sept. 14. According to police, Morrison left his home with a fishing pole and was headed to the Flat River. His family reported him missing later that evening. Belding police are calling the disappearance "suspicious," and the FBI is assisting in the search. Morrison was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ionia Central Dispatch at (616) 422-0911.
UPDATE: 4:16 p.m. -- Morrison was found dead Monday in Flat River. Police said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Jessica Marie Parham
Police in Lewisburg, Tenn., are asking for the public's help locating 15-year-old Jessica Parham. The teenager was last seen at her mother’s house on the morning of Sept. 6. A Missing Child Alert has been issued by police. Investigators say Parham may be traveling with a Hispanic male, in a late-model silver or gray sedan with a rear spoiler. She is described as 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue fleece pajama pant or skirt and a white Tinker Bell shirt. She wears glasses and has a mole on her forehead. Anyone with any information regarding Parham's whereabouts is asked to contact the Lewisburg Police Department at (931) 359-3800 or Crime Stoppers at (931) 359-4867. A reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to the teenager’s recovery.
UPDATE: According to the Marshall County Tribune, Jessica Parham has been located safe in Nashville. Parham was in the company of a Hispanic male. The circumstances are under investigation.
This story has been updated with news of Morrison's death and the safe recovery of Noorieh Manavi-Nameghi, Jessica Parham and Kassidy Lewis.