ARE YOU IN NEW HAMPSHIRE..if so, an important message for you. Many times those with addictions end up on the streets and/or become missing. Helping to lower the amount of missing loved ones each day, begins with helping solve some of the influences that may cause one to become missing in the first place, and addictions/substance abuse is a background factor in many cases.
Therefore, we implore you to sign your support so that families can have a loved one admitted to rehab, even if they don't "want the help." Please support this important cause. There are many beautiful lives lost to substance abuse and rehab is a needed tool to save lives.
We know people are saying that "one who is addicted must want rehab themselves" but we believe that's old school thoughts...and obviously doesn't work if families are having to wait for those they love to reach rock bottom and wanting help. Many times that wait becomes too long, and then becomes too late.
Often, those addicted have a very low self esteem, along with depression, that they refuse rehab for fears of having to face living a life clean and sober. Their emotional fears "of living a drug free life" is too painful to do without the drugs to "soften the blows" of every day living.
Forcing a loved one into rehab can provide them the necessary services, and emotional help, needed to fight addiction. Yes, this could be considered a "tough love" approach and should it not work, nothing really changes. But if it does work, a life can be saved. Isn't that worth trying?
On July 16, 2016 John C. "Bubba" Carter 18, died of a drug overdose, in Londonderry, NH. Only a few months before, with the help of family and friends, Bubba entered his final detox and rehab. After three weeks he left the facility and returned home where he continued to spiral out of control. At some point, which his family later learned, he maintained 30 days of sobriety on his own between March and April. He was very proud of himself. They then learned he relapsed in May of 2016.
|John C. "Bubba" Carter, 18|
In Massachusetts, and a number of other states, they have Section 35 which allows a family member, police officer or doctor to have a person civilly committed who are struggling with addiction, and committed for the treatment of substance, or alcohol abuse. A judge then can have that person committed to a detox for up to 30 days or more. New Hampshire has a civil commitment for mental illness, but it does not cover alcohol or drugs.
As Bubba's family painfully says, "Maybe if we had that option the police, or us as family, could have had Bubba committed. Things may have been different. If only we had a law in New Hampshire similar to Section 35 as our neighboring state. We don't know if it would have saved his life but we wish we did have that option as a tool to at least try."
Please help provide that tool. Sign to support on the side of hope for families who have loved ones with addictions.
Link to sign and show your support:
This message supported by the family of John C. "Bubba" Carter and LostNMissing Inc.
See 20/20′s special report on heroin addiction in Manchester, NH: http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/episode-guide/2016-03/11-031116-breaking-point-heroin-in-america
LostNMissing Inc, a 501c(3) Nonprofit is based in Londonderry, NH and assists law enforcement and families of missing.
Office of Justice cutting funds for DNA testing of unidentified human bodies/remains! NEED YOUR HELP!
Funding for cold cases (DNA testing on unidentified human remains) and missing persons getting cut !
The federal grant that funds DNA testing for missing persons will no longer be funded.
The grant is through the National Institute of Justice and is called "Using DNA Technology To Identify the Missing."
It provides $4.7 million for the entire country and has been in existence since 2004.
An example, Oklahoma has been using the grant since 2009, and anthropologists with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said it has helped identify dozens of missing people.
“We need this grant,” said anthropologist Angela Berg.
Berg said the grant helped identify six people pulled from the bottom of Foss Lake in their cars in 2013.
They’d been missing for 40 years.
The grant also helped ID two Oklahoma City women and one girl found buried in a field in Jennings, Oklahoma also in 2013.
Those three had been missing for more than 20 years.
“There are families out there waiting to find out if remains could be their loved one,” Berg said.
This grant allows Berg to submit skeletal remains to a University of North Texas lab that helps identify people through DNA and is funded through this grant.
“Our technology is evolving and becoming so wonderful, and now we have no monies to fund this and that’s heartbreaking,” Berg said.
It’s especially heartbreaking for people like Carla Eastep.
Berg plans to do the same, saying every body deserves a name, every crime deserves to be solved.
The funding for the grant is set to expire in October 2017
Story at link: http://via.kfor.com/TAx9i
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP: Note this affects ALL MEDICAL EXAMINER Offices across the country!! Send your pleas and your stories to implore they return the grants and funding, please.
Dear Director Rodriguez:
I don’t normally write letters to Federal, or local, government agencies, but this matter is extremely critical. I, personally, am writing to you out of desperation
I recently learned that the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant "Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing” will no longer be funded. I am devastated that the work done with this grant will no longer be available. This literally should not happen and your assistance is requested on this very urgent matter.
As you're aware, local jurisdictions have been receiving grant funds for the past several years. Without these funds, the processing and analyses of cases of Unidentified Persons and families of Missing Persons will be hindered and backlogs cannot be addressed.
I’m aware that the grant provides a valuable service to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, law enforcement and the judicial system. But most importantly the program has given hope to the families of missing loved ones. I’m sure that those administering the program are better equipped to speak to the work that’s been done with "cold cases" successfully solved with DNA. Other families live the day to day trauma of not knowing.
🔺INSERT YOUR PERSONAL SITUATION HERE: 🔻
Example: My daughter, my only child, 🔺Heather XXXX 🔻, has been missing since 🔺XXXX. 🔻 I long to see her, to touch her face and hug her knowing she's well. But if she has passed, I must know where she is so that I can bring her home and provide her the proper burial that she deserves.
Without this grant, there will be many who will suffer. Far too many loved ones will continue to be "missing." Without funding, Police Investigative Units will not be able to decrease their case load, Medical Examiners won't be able to bring as many answers to families, and the service organizations will continue to see unresolved cases rise each year.
Please, I urge you to recognize and support this grant for the next fiscal year, and many years following...as possible. Families of missing depend on this work being done nationally, and the program is dependent upon your funding.
If not,too many will lie in wait...hoping for their names to be found. One of those ,could be our loving 🔺NAME OF MISSING🔻
🔺 YOUR NAME 🔻
Family of 🔺 NAME OF MISSING🔻
1. Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice
Attn.: Nancy Rodriguez
810 7th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20531
2. Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General: email is Sally.Yates@usdoj.gov
3. Or by email to the following individuals:
Nancy Rodriguez, NIJ Director: Nancy.Rodriguez@ojp.usdoj.gov
Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General: Karol.V.Mason@ojp.usdoj.gov
Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General: SaYates@usdoj.gov https://www.justice.gov/contact-us
Thanks for your help with this. Feel free to send your letter to other agencies or anyone who might hear our voice (ie state representatives, senators, district attorneys, the governor, etc).
Story prior to show the importance of funding. www.news9.com/story/33154106/texas-dna-lab-helps-solve-oklahoma-unidentified-missing-persons-cases
Please write, and share!
The Team at LostNMissing, Inc
Kala Brown found alive, chained in barrel and Charlie Carver still MISSING - Aug 31, 2016 - Anderson, SC
Kala Brown, 30, was discovered after cops heard banging coming from inside the container as they search a property A woman who has been missing since August with her boyfriend has been found 'chained up like a dog' after being held captive, police have revealed.
Kala Brown, 30, and Charlie Carver, 32, disappeared on August 31st, sparking a huge search operation. Police found Kala this morning while searching a home in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Cops say she was being held against her will.
Officers searched the property and heard banging from inside a metal storage container, WYFF News reports. Sheriff Chuck Wright said that information from a sex crime investigator led them to the property. Sheriff Chuck Wright said Brown was “chained inside the container like a dog.”
Brown reportedly told officers that she had been held inside the container for two months. She was chained around her neck, Sheriff Wright said, adding that she had been regularly fed. He said it was by "the grace of God that she was found alive."
Chillingly, Brown revealed there may as many as FOUR bodies on the property. Police are investigating whether a serial killer is connected to the case. Police have arrested Todd Kohlhepp, who is reportedly a registered sex offender, in connection with the investigation.
Kohlepp will be charged with kidnapping, and other charges are possible, police revealed. Cops are still searching for Brown's missing boyfriend Carver. After Brown and Carver went missing in August, his parents found their apartment unlocked and Brown’s dog with no food or water.
Comments were reportedly posted on Carver's Facebook page in September that were “uncharacteristic of ones typically made by Charlie." These included posts saying the couple was fine. Carver’s car has not been found since the couple disappeared. (Update: His car was found on the property)
Previous reports: Couple missing AUG 31, 2016 from Anderson SC (with white Pontiac Grand Prix, SC Tag# HWY124) Carver, 32, and Kala Brown, 30, have been missing since Aug. 31. Brown and Carver had been dating for several months and moved in together last summer. Carver was in the midst of getting a divorce. The “Find Kala and Charlie” Facebook page says the couple was last seen Aug. 30 leaving a friend’s home in Anderson. Their families became concerned when they were unable to reach either of them by phone, with calls going directly to voicemail.
The last images of Carver are surveillance video from his workplace showing him leaving on Aug. 31. The apartment that the couple shares was unlocked and Brown’s Pomeranian, Romeo, was found with no food or water, the post says. "She wouldn't leave him” Newsom said. “She wouldn't leave him without food. She wouldn't leave him without water. That was her baby." Family members told "Dateline" that some medication had also been left behind, along with Kala's glasses and contact lenses
There is no activity on Brown’s Facebook page, which is unusual for her, according to the post. It also says that though Carver is not typically active on Facebook, his profile picture was changed Sept. 6, and recent posts are “uncharacteristic of ones typically made by Charlie.” Several postings on Carver’s Facebook page say the couple is fine and they simply left. The posts appeared after the couple was reported missing. Both Brown’s and Carver’s families said that they believe the Facebook account has been hacked. They said the photos that the person is using were posted more than a year ago, and the wording doesn’t sound like Carver.
"It's getting people thinking they are found, but they are not," Shiflet told "Dateline." Newsom and Shiflet spent the weekend packing up their children’s apartment and putting their belongings in storage. "You would never imagine this empty feeling,"Shiflet, Carver's mother, told "Dateline." "It's so much worse than you can think, not knowing." "It's like you have a hot skillet, and they are two drops of water you put on it. They just disappear," Newsom told "Dateline." "It's not that they just haven't talked to their moms, no one has heard from them."
A friend of Brown’s told police that she had dinner with her Aug. 29 at her apartment in Anderson Crossing Apartments. She said she spoke to Brown the next day, but after a text on the morning of Aug. 31, all communication ceased. Police found Brown’s car in the parking lot of the complex. Investigators said Brown’s cellphone service provider said there had been no activity on the phone for 48 hours, and that they were unable to ping the phone. Shiflet said that when she checked the apartment, it appeared no one had been there in a while.
"This is just so out of character for (Carver), so if anybody knows anything, please call and leave a tip. I'm begging you, please," Shiflet said. "It's the emptiest feeling I've ever had. It's like a constant pain in your head. Your arms feel like strings. You want to reach out, but there's nothing to hold on to because you're reaching for your son, and he's not there."
Carver drives a 2002 white Pontiac Grand Prix with South Carolina tag number HWY124, with an LSU decal and possibly a Palmetto flag on the back window. The car has not been located. Friends and family have passed out and posted fliers in the hopes that they will help the investigation. Both Brown’s friend and Carver’s mother told police someone the couple knows has “given them problems before.” Lt. Mike Aikens told "Dateline" that Anderson police detectives are investigating, but there are few clues. "We tracked down the leads we had, but there isn't very much," Aikens said. "We just want to make sure they are OK, because it has been some time."
Foul play has not been ruled out in the case, according to police. Family members say that, no matter the circumstances, they want to be sure Brown and Carver are safe. "There are so many people who are worried about them and love them," Shiflet told "Dateline." "Whatever the problem, we'll figure it out. No one here will judge them. We love them."
Anyone with information on the couple’s whereabouts, is asked to call Anderson police at 864-260-4444, or Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC. https://www.facebook.com/help.find.charlie.david.carver.and.kala.brown/
Missing: Lena Mae Wiggins
Date Last Seen: August 08, 2016
Location Last Seen: Los Angeles, California
Street: 118th and Figueroa
Case: Medical Needs (Alzheimer's/Dementia)
Age at time missing: 76 Yrs. Old
Weight: 115 lbs.
Hair Color: Gray
Hair Style: Short hair
Last Known Clothing: A blue nurse's uniform shirt with designs, jeans and brown sandals. She also has a head scarf wrapped around her head.
Transportation: Missing on Foot
If info, or seen, immediately call 9-1-1 and the
Los Angeles Police Dept
at (213) 996-1800 (Detective Saiza)
or (213) 996-1802
Please reference Case # 1618-15740
NamUs: pending public view:
Circumstances: Lena suffers with Alzheimer's / Dementia. She wandered from home and is very vulnerable. She is very friendly and is more than likely confused and can't find her way home. She has not taken any meds for her Dementia or High blood pressure. Her family need your help.
Courtesy update by LostNMissing, Inc.