1,164 missing people in Mo.
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 02:50:58 GMT —
Over the last week we've told you about the missing 10-month old Kansas City, Mo. baby, Lisa Irwin and a missing man in mid-Missouri, 34 year-old Charlie Bell from Harrisburg.
Bell was last seen September 15th near Harrisburg when he told a colleague he was heading to Columbia on his motorcycle to run errands.
Experts tell us there are more people missing in Missouri than people realize, in fact there are close to 1200.
As of Wednesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said there are 674 adults and 490 children missing here in Missouri.
Marianne Asher-Chapman's daughter, Angie Yarnell, is one of those missing adults. This month marks the 8th year since Yarnell was last seen in Morgan County.
There's still hope, I will never give up and I will never give up on another case with missing people," Asher-Chapman said.
Asher-Chapman and Peggy Florence created the organization, Missouri Missing.
Florence is the mother of Jasmine Haslag, of Russellville, who has been missing for over four years
"I TMm her mother, I have the right to know, I have the right to have her back and I TMm sure everyone of those other mothers and every family and every brother and every sister and every child that's missing their person will tell you the same thing, we have a right to know where our loved ones are," Florence said.
The mother's said they understand the pain the families of Lisa Irwin and Charlie Bell are going through.
"Those families are frantic, they're just in agony, it's just a very complex thing and it's an absolute nightmare, I feel terrible for them," Asher-Chapman said.
Not knowing what happened to her daughter or where she is, is an unbearable pain for Florence.
"I was there the day she was born and I know how she came into this life and I deserve to know how she went out and I don't and it haunts me everyday," Florence said.
She said law enforcement needs to do more in missing person cases.
"There TMs so many of us that suffer needlessly. When jasmine went missing, I honestly feel if it had been taken seriously, that I wouldn't be suffering like I am now," Florence said. "I don't want the family to suffer the way I am suffering, if I could stop it I would."
Both Florence and Asher-Chapman want to raise awareness of not just for bell and Irwin but for all 1,164 people missing in Missouri.
Both women said people should be alert any time, but this time of year they hope hunters will keep a lookout when going through the woods.