Juneau Police Launches Dedicated Missing Persons Webpage

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Signs for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People are laid out on the ground for an MMIP vigil at Overstreet Park in Juneau, Alaska, February 14, 2022. The day was the third anniversary of Tracy Day, middle, missing. (Photo by Lyndsey Brollini/KTOO)

The Juneau Police Department has a new page on its website devoted to missing persons cases.

The page contains photos and descriptions of missing people in Juneau and details on when they were last seen. There are currently 15 people missing in Juneau. The cases span from 1985 to 2020.

All of the missing people from the last year have been found dead. The last person found, Clifford White, was found this year on March 15.

Juneau police had a missing persons page. JPD Public Safety Officer Erann Kalwara said the page disappeared when the city put all of the department’s websites on a new system.

For the past few years, Facebook has been the main place where Juneau police have shared information about missing persons in Juneau.

Kalwara said it was more difficult to share all the necessary information there.

“We just don’t have enough room to give the details of each of them,” Kalwara said. “So we were talking about, should we highlight one of our oldest cases every month? How do we want to handle this? And we just decided it was best to readjust this web page that we had.

Kalwara said Facebook is always the place to get more urgent information and to try to get help from the community looking for someone.

The police department is looking for feedback on its new page.

“If any family members or people who know of missing persons cases want to provide feedback on ways they think we can improve, we are absolutely open to that as it’s our first real attempt,” he said. said Kalwara.

Kierstan Farnsworth’s brother went missing last year. She started a Facebook group dedicated to the search for missing persons in Juneau. She posted a link to the new JPD missing persons page there and said she hoped it was a step in the right direction.

Farnsworth hopes the radio and phone alerts will come next.

But Kalwara said she didn’t know if that would happen. Some other communities in the state use an alert system called Nixle to send missing person alerts. But at this time, the Juneau police do not plan to do so.

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