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.
Santa Ana Police Department
The word "dreamer" is tattooed on 28-year-old Martha Anaya, a missing mother of two from Santa Ana, Calif., but family members say she is a responsible parent, grounded in reality. That fact, along with the lack of any telltale signs of a desire to escape life, left Anaya's loved ones and police puzzled by her Nov. 12 disappearance.
According to the Orange County Register
, she was last seen by her mother when she dropped Anaya off at her apartment complex after running errands. What happened to Anaya after that remains a mystery. Her family members have not heard from her since, and she has not reached out to her two daughters, ages 5 and 12.
Anaya is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Anaya has several tattoos including, "Amy" on her left wrist, "Melody" on her right wrist, and "R.I.P. It was all a Dreamer" and "Butterfly" on the left side of her chest.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-8400.
Pennsylvania State Police
Holly Grim's mother is convinced there was foul play involved in her daughter's sudden and unexplained disappearance. The 41-year-old mother vanished on the morning of Nov. 22, after she drove her son to a school bus stop in Macungie Township, Pa.
Her mother, Jeanette Grim, noticed something was amiss later that day when she stopped by her daughter's mobile home. She was surprised to find her daughter's car parked in the driveway, since she should have been at work. She also was troubled by things she observed inside the home, including Holly's glasses, cigarettes, keys -– items she would normally have with her -- and an overturned cup of coffee.
"It's almost like they picked her up from there and just took her," Grim told The Morning Call
The distraught mother said it would be out of character for her daughter, whom she described as a dedicated and doting mother, to take off without letting someone know of her plans.
"She lived for her son. She wouldn't leave him behind. She loved life," Grim said, according to The Morning Call.
Authorities have been tight-lipped about Grim's disappearance. She is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall and about 100 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police at (610) 395-1438.
Richmond Police Department
Samuel Hoyt left some personal items at the Virginia War Memorial before he vanished on Nov. 22.
Police said the 46-year-old resident of Philadelphia also placed flowers near the eternal flame at the memorial and left a note behind scribbled on his passport. Authorities have yet to reveal the note's contents, but family members told Downtown.nbc12.com
that Hoyt showed signs of mental instability prior to his disappearance.
Multiple searches have been conducted for Hoyt, each one unsuccessful. His girlfriend, Annmarie Smith, recently traveled from Philadelphia to Virginia to assist in the searches
. Upon her return she posted to her Facebook page that she had to leave the area, “heavy hearted [and] empty handed.”
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Richmond police at (804) 646-6769.
Detroit Police Department
William Johnson, 79, of Detroit, has not been seen since Nov. 21. Johnson, who police say was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, was driving a beige 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette at the time of his disappearance. The vehicle has Michigan license plate 740-4F2. No additional details have been released.
Johnson is described as 6 feet tall and 152 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants and a beige checkered shirt. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-5240.
Cincinnati Police Department
An Ohio postal worker is missing in Cincinnati.
Family members last saw 38-year-old Glenn Patrick Lett on Dec. 2. The U.S. Postal Service worker was reported missing when he failed to show up for work. His dark brown, 2009 Chevrolet Impala with Ohio tags GBF1837, is also missing.
Authorities and family members are concerned for Lett's safety because he is diabetic and requires regular medication. He is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 250 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black and white-striped shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information on Lett is asked to contact District 3 of the Cincinnati Police Department at (513) 263-8300.
Katrina Lewis, of Pawtucket, R.I., is in "great danger" according to a missing- person flyer
being distributed online. The 18-year-old was last seen in the early morning hours of Dec. 1, riding in the passenger seat of her mother's 2003 orange and red Kia Rio. It remains unclear why Lewis' family members believe she is in danger. Police have not responded to a request for comment.
Lewis is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, with reddish brown hair and green eyes. She is believed to be traveling in the Kia Rio, Rhode Island license plate 655-958. Anyone with information about Lewis' whereabouts is asked to call the Pawtucket Police Department at (401) 727-9100.
For more information, visit the "Bring Katrina Lewis Home Safe
" Facebook page.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department
A gold 1997 Lexus ES300 is the only clue police have in the disappearance of Teleka Cassandra Patrick. Authorities found the Michigan woman's vehicle abandoned in Indiana on Dec. 5. The vehicle was found along the westbound lanes of Interstate 94, just east of Porter, Ind., police said.
Patrick was reported missing on Dec. 6. The 33-year-old from Kalamazoo, Mich., was last seen the previous day when she was dropped off at her vehicle in the parking lot of a Kalamazoo medical center. What happened to Patrick after that is unknown.
She is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Indiana State Police at (219) 696-6242 or the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office at (269) 383-8748.
Woodbury County Sheriff's Office
Dale Robinson's son said he is afraid his missing father is "alone and scared." Dale Robinson, 84, disappeared on Aug. 3. A resident of Moville, Iowa, he was last seen at the Argosy Casino on Sioux City's riverfront, where he would typically pick up his wife, Betty. His son, Robert Robinson, suspects Alzheimer's could play a role in his father's disappearance.
"I have troubles with the emotions, thinking that he's out there somewhere by himself," Robinson told the Sioux City Journal
Adding to the mystery of Robinson's disappearance is the fact that his maroon 2000 Ford F-150 single-cab truck, with Iowa plate 870-ZCF, is also missing and has not been spotted since the day he disappeared.
Robinson is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 116 pounds. He has gray hair. Anyone with any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office at (712) 279-6510. For more information, visit the "Missing Dale Robinson
" Facebook page.
Authorities in Santa Ana, Calif., are searching for 34-year-old Monique Vargas. She disappeared Oct. 24.
Heather Hernandez, a woman who said on Facebook she is Vargas' sister-in-law, said her sister was last seen in the same general area as Martha Anaya, another woman recently reported missing. While authorities have yet to comment on a possible connection, Hernandez posted on Facebook that she does not feel police are "really assisting" her family.
The Santa Ana Police recently issued the following statement to Myfoxla.com
: "The investigation is still ongoing and detectives continue to follow-up on leads."
Vargas is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall and 115 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. She also has two tattoos on her back. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call (714) 560-3910.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Stephanie Anne Warner has been missing since the Fourth of July. The 43-year-old woman was last seen
marching in an Independence Day parade in Jackson, Ore. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. In August, Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigators named Warner's boyfriend, Lennie Laverne Ames, 60, a "person of interest" in her disappearance.
"We named him a person of interest because we can't definitively clear him of her disappearance," Detective Eric Henderson told the Mail Tribune
. Henderson added, "She was making future plans to do things locally. There's no evidence to suggest that she planned to take off and leave."
Warner is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 135 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink and tan top, and black pants. Anyone who has seen Warner is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at (541) 774-8333.
Six years is a long time, but when a loved one has been missing that long, it can feel like a lifetime. That nightmare, unfortunately, has become a reality for the family of Kara Kopetsky.
Kopetsky was 17 when she disappeared in Belton, Mo., on May 4, 2007. The teenager was last seen by her mother when she headed off to school that morning. Surveillance footage recovered from Belton High School shows that Kopetsky made it to school, but left shortly after arriving. Cell phone records indicate the last call on the teen's phone was with her ex-boyfriend that morning. They spoke for about 20 minutes. What happened to the teen after that conversation remains a mystery.
Kara Kopetsky's mother reported her missing later that day. Multiple searches have been conducted, but no solid evidence has been found to suggest what happened to the teen. Her family remains convinced of foul play.
"[I was] robbed of the lifetime of memories I should have had with Kara," Kopetsky's mother, Rhonda Beckford, said in a May interview with The Washington Post
At the time of her disappearance, Kopetsky was 5 feet 5 inches tall, 125 pounds, and had brown hair and hazel eyes. Her family has set up a website devoted to the case, Findkarakopetsky.com
. According to the site, an $80,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to finding the missing girl.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Belton Police Department at (816) 331-1500 or the anonymous tip hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.
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