More than 600,000 men, women and children are reported missing in the United States each year.
Please take a few moments to read about this week's missing people. If you recognize one of them, contact the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Typically, someone, somewhere has information that could help recover a missing person. And whether you realize it or not, that someone could be you.
New Orleans Police Department
Shirnell Bingham's disappearance has family members in New Orleans concerned for her well-being. The 18-year-old left her Clouet St. residence on Dec. 15, to watch a second line brass band parade in the 9th Ward. It remains unclear if Bingham made it to the parade, as no one has seen her since she left home. She is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, and 120 pounds, with a multicolor twist hairstyle. She was last seen wearing a red and plaid long-sleeved shirt, grey jeans and, red and white tennis shoes. Anyone with information about Shirnell Bingham's whereabouts is asked to call the New Orleans Police Department
at (504) 821-2222.
Cottage Grove Police Department
Tammy Borda, a 55-year-old mom from Beaverton, Ore., is missing under mysterious circumstances. Family members said Borda traveled to Cottage Grove, Ore., a small city located about 124 miles south of Beaverton, to visit family during the Thanksgiving holiday. She spoke with her sister by cellphone on Dec. 2 and made arraignments to get a ride home on Dec. 4, but she never showed up at their prearranged meeting place, police said. During her trip, Borda was reportedly seen in the company
of her ex-boyfriend, David Bowen, in Cottage Grove. "This is extremely emotional for me," Borda's daughter, Markie Borda, told KEZI 9 News
. "This is very out of character ... She loves her two grandchildren. I have a 4 and 6 month old and this is my 6 months old's first Christmas and she was looking forward to that." Tammy Borda is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 275 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She wears glasses and walks with a severe limp. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cottage Grove Police Department at (541) 942-9145.
St. Louis Missouri Metropolitan Police Department
Thanksgiving Day was the last time family members saw Sybil Brandon, of St. Louis, Mo. The 50-year-old vanished without a trace and there have been no sightings of her since that day. Authorities have not elaborated on the details leading up to Brandon's disappearance, but they did say she may suffer from bipolar disorder. According to Bipolarhappens.com
, people who suffer from the affliction are known to have a difficult time on holidays. Brandon is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple coat, and pink and white blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Louis Missouri Metropolitan Police Department at (314) 444-5624.
Detroit Police Department
Rosalind Brazil, 86, suffers from dementia and is in poor physical condition. A caregiver last saw Brazil at her Detroit home on the afternoon of Dec. 13. Authorities have conducted several searches of the area surrounding the home, which is located in the 17000 block of Cherrylawn Street, but have yet to find any trace of the missing senior citizen. Brazil is described as 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 110 pounds, with gray hair and a light brown complexion. She was last seen wearing a pink gown and gym shoes. Anyone with information about Rosalind Brazil's whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit Police Department
at (313) 596-5240.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office
Colorado wildlife biologist Dale Brownlow is missing under "odd circumstances" in Helena, Mont., police said. The 52 year old's vehicle was found on Dec. 5, parked at a trailhead leading into the Helena National Forest. Brownlow has not been seen since Nov. 30 and authorities suspect his vehicle had been parked at the trailhead since Dec. 1. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton told the Helena Independent Record
that authorities initially thought Brownlow, a graduate of Colorado State University, was camping in the forest. However, a number of undisclosed tips they received has them concerned for his safety. "There is a degree of suspicion about what may have occurred, what may have led him to go there ... and what could have happened to him," Dutton told the newspaper. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office
at (406) 447-8244.
Oregon City Police Department
Adrien Chase turned 35 on Dec. 5 -- the same day family members say he mysteriously disappeared from his home in Oregon City, Ore. Chase's cousin and roommate, Elyse Geirlich, told The Portland Tribune
that Chase had a "very nice birthday." She also said his disappearance is out of character. "This is very unusual. He was doing well, and he even wrote in his journal that he was looking forward to the New Year," Geirlich told the newspaper. Chase is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. His jacket, cell phone and bipolar medication were left behind when he disappeared, police said. Anyone who has seen Chase is asked to contact the Oregon City Police Department at (503) 496-1616.
Broward County Sheriff's Office
Uncovering the whereabouts of Olivia Belle Coallier is a top priority for authorities in Florida. The 12-year-old girl, who suffers from anxiety disorder and epilepsy, has not been seen since Sunday. According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office
, the girl left her home to play at a local park and has not been seen since. No further details have been released on her disappearance. Coallier is described as 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. She has blue eyes and red hair and was last seen wearing a black and white sweater, jean shorts and black floral boots. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the sheriff's office at (954) 765-4321.
Kalamazoo Township Police Department
Amani Gaillard sent several messages to his son that indicated "he was going to die," police in Kalamazoo Township, Mich., said in a recent press release. Gaillard, 63, was last seen on Nov. 11, when he removed all of his belongings from an apartment he shared with his son. Authorities said he has not been seen since. Gaillard's activities prior to his disappearance, as well as the text messages sent to his son, has investigators concerned for his well-being. A description of the missing man has not been released. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Township Police Department
at (269) 343-0568.
Escambia County Sheriff's Office
Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said his deputies will search for Marcie Brewton Morgan "until we find her, dead or alive," The Brewton Standard reported
. Morgan, a 42-year-old woman from Atmore, Ala., has been missing since Dec. 3. A family member reportedly spoke to Morgan that day and the missing woman told her she was driving to Saraland, a small city located about 42 miles southwest of Atmore. What happened to Morgan after that call is unknown. Adding to the mystery of the woman's disappearance is the fact that her blue 2001 Lincoln Town Car, with a personalized Alabama license plate reading "ECB," is also missing and has not been spotted since the day she disappeared. Marcie Morgan is described as
5 feet 4 inches tall, and 150 pounds, with a medium build. She has blue eyes and wavy brown hair. Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's office
at (251) 368-8093.
Independence County Sheriff's Department
No one has seen 15-year-old Kourtney Shiver since Dec 13. She is missing from Spring Valley, an unincorporated community in Brush Creek Township, Ark. Local authorities have not released many details on the teen's disappearance, but did ask KAIT News to remind viewers
that it is a crime to assist a runaway and they will seek prosecution of those who do. Shiver is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Independence County Sheriff's Department at (870) 793-8838 or (870) 698-2450.
Pennsylvania State Police
Nearly 3 decades have passed since the disappearance of Cherrie Mahan, an 8-year-old girl who was one of the first missing kids to be featured on the "Have You Seen Me?" direct-mail advertisements. Mahan was last seen in Butler County, Pa., on the afternoon of Feb. 22, 1985. According to police, the young girl was dropped off at a school bus stop located about 100 yards from her family's hilltop home in Cabot. Whatever happened to her occurred during the walk to her house, police said. When Mahan failed to arrive home, her family went looking for her and, when they were unable to find her, they contacted police. Within an hour, hundreds of community volunteers and police officers were scouring every inch of the surrounding area. Not one sign of the missing girl was uncovered. When police questioned witnesses -- children who rode the bus, as well as a mother who had picked her children up at the bus stop -- they learned that a blue or green van with a mural of a mountain and a skier had been seen in the area at the time Mahan disappeared. The case received national media attention, and Mahan was the first missing child to appear on the "Have You Seen Me?" cards that were distributed by direct-mail advertiser Advo. The girl's photo was also printed on the side of cardboard milk cartons around the U.S. However, to this day authorities have been unable to locate the child or to determine if the van witnesses spotted is actually connected to her disappearance. The case quickly went cold and in 1992, Cherrie Mahan's family had her declared legally dead. They donated her entire life insurance policy, about $58,000, to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Anyone with information about Mahan's disappearance is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Missing Persons Unit at (717) 783-5524.
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