Missing: George Milam

As well as some of the high profile missing persons cases, I also try to provide attention to a few of the thousands of investigations that for whatever reason have not received much media attention.

Like this one. 
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On April 19, 2004, George Edward Milam of Mississippi was seen in the area of Ingram Mills Road in the community of Olive Branch (MS).

He was 38 years-old at the time, and wearing a polo-style shirt, khaki shorts, a ball cap, and high-top work shoes.

Reportedly, he also has a surgical scar on his navel.

Mr. Milam has not been seen since.

In the US Department of Justice's NamUS database for missing persons under Mr. Milam's file, that is all there is about this case--no indication as to why he disappeared, no record of dental information, no vehicle stats, and no indication that fingerprints or his DNA is on file.

A quick Internet search reveals nothing much else of use about the George Milam disappearance (except for a nickname).

Not much to go on, huh?

With so little information entered into systems to help find Mr. Milam, would anyone know that he is actually missing if he turned up working in Massachusetts?

What if authorities in New Jersey find a corpse with similar body characteristics as Mr. Milam (he is listed as 6'0, 230 lbs.), would investigators there have enough to even consider that the found individual may be the missing man from Mississippi?

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The use of national database systems like NamUS are excellent methods for compiling information on missing persons.

But obviously, with police agencies having only so much manpower to dedicate to these cases (especially small police departments like the one handling Mr. Milam's cases), it would make sense for the Feds to reach out to places like colleges and universities to harness the power of student researchers.

These young and energetic researchers could add pertinent details to cases and that would then offer better publicity; so that the family of Mr. Milam and other folks across the nation who are looking for missing loved ones can increase the chances that the "disappeared" are found.

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25 comments:

Creepy Query Girl said...

how scary that somebody can just dissapear like that. It's almost like because he's an adult male-there's less urgency. But if it had been a woman? Or a child? Feels like there's such an unbalance in search efforts depending on who you are and where you are when you dissapear.

Sarah Pearson said...

CQG said exactly what I wanted to say. It sounds awful, but it's as if how photogenic you are will determine media interest in a missing-person case. (I'm not suggesting the police think like this, just the media).

StrongNHim said...

Wow, totally agree. I didn't realize problems like that existed. I agree with Creepy Query Girl... creepy that he could just up and disappear. I wonder what his family thinks?

Donna K. Weaver said...

That's sad. I always think of the poor loved ones when someone goes missing like that.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
It's troubling that ordinary people CAN wind up just vansihing from the face of the planet...while some choose to be under the radar.

Now, I've always maintained a "low-profile", but that's the kind of person I am...don't bother anyone and you don't get bothered back.

I KNOW I have to be in a few databases (somewhere)...can't help it these days.

Might be a similar circumstance with Mr. MIlam...he didn't want to be bothered.
And that will cause problems whenever people like George DO go "MIA".

Seems like a sorta Catch-22.

Interesting post and very good comments.

Stay safe out there.

messymimi said...

A sad thing indeed that we have so much storage capability for information, and the ability to access it quickly from almost anywhere, yet so little power is dedicated to harvesting that info.

Clarissa Draper said...

That's why your blog is so important. Maybe changes can be made to the system.

Bonnie said...

I can't believe that someone can just ... vanish. It's so sad.

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Blond Duck said...

Weird.

I hope you had a good Easter!

Blond Duck said...

Have you ever watched Point of Interest?

Pat Hatt said...

That isn't a bad idea actaully. it could raise awareness as well as the college students went digging. You should submit that up the food chain. For the databases are only as good as the info in them.

Kimi said...

That is extremely odd. I think we need to call CSI to take this case on :). There has to be at least one clue. Were family members, friends investigated? Someone has to know something. Thanks for sharing. As always, great posts.

Brian Miller said...

great idea on the student researchers...is this a case of triage as well, kinda like creepy Q suggested?

BobKat said...

Where does the law enforcement manpower go to find people like Mr. Milan?

Up in smoke, of course.

Point well taken, Slam. I hope others get it.

Jax said...

I like your suggestion to reaching out to student researchers. These small cases are being brushed under the rug too often.

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and that the Easter bunny was good to you! Can't ever go wrong with chocolate eggs...lol

ladyfi said...

Missing for eight years? His poor family!

Lt said...

I think the public would be surprised to find out just how little is invested in cases like this in some agencies across the US. You're doing a great service just bringing awareness of the issue to the forefront.

Maxi said...

How sad for this man and his family; they must be heartbroken at the loss. Not to mention all the questions.

Blessings - Maxi

JJ.in.Phila said...

One thing is for the family/friends of the missing person is to get the biographical information out quickly. Things like what the MP's background are, what the MP's interest and habits are.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the comments all.

@ CQG: Good observation. There are certain stories of those missing that get much more attention than others. Unfortunately, the media is about ratings and they are much more likely to focus on the cases that involve the "attractive", wealthy, or powerful.

@StrongNHim: He may or may not have family that is pushing his cases. Cold missing persons cases are often driven like the squeaky wheel theory--if there is no noise, they are easily forgotten.

@ Blond Duck: No, I have not seen that.

@ Brian & Kimi: It is difficult to tell. Law enforcement uses "police only" systems and there may be much more info stored there about this case. For whatever reason, it did not make it to the public.

Life As CJai Knows It said...

George is my third cousin and he lived about a mile from me. I was a freshman in high school when he disappeared. He use to take me to the store all the time and I use to go to church alot with his ma. Things have never been the same since he went missing. His mom moved from the house she and he shared cuz it was too painful to stay there year after year and he was her only child and his dad had died of a heartattack the previous year. Thanks for all the positive posts. I was thinking about George today and posted his info on my Facebook. alot of my extended family reported because we have a big family and it is hard swallowing the fact that little has been done to solve this case.

Life As CJai Knows It said...

This is my cousin and we all miss him and it is very disheartening to see how little has been done in finding out what happened to George. I appreciate reading all the nice comments with concern. Its a daily struggle for his immediate family and not a day goes by where his ma hasn't been waiting to hear word on her son.

Life As CJai Knows It said...

George is my third cousin and he lived about a mile from me. I was a freshman in high school when he disappeared. He use to take me to the store all the time and I use to go to church alot with his ma. Things have never been the same since he went missing. His mom moved from the house she and he shared cuz it was too painful to stay there year after year and he was her only child and his dad had died of a heartattack the previous year. Thanks for all the positive posts. I was thinking about George today and posted his info on my Facebook. alot of my extended family reported because we have a big family and it is hard swallowing the fact that little has been done to solve this case.

Anonymous said...

The family is praying for a lead or sign. If anybody knows something, please contact the authorities in MS. Our family is distraught. There's not a passing day that we don't think about him. We're not giving up. Thank you all for the love and support. We have faith that we will receive new information soon.

PleadingRelative said...

George is my uncle/"big brother"-just 9 months apart. His nickname is Pig. He is definitely loved and missed. His family loves him very much. He would never just up and leave his mother. He is not an only child. He is the youngest of nine. Word on the streets is that he met with foul play. For those with information as to what has become of my uncle George, please grant his mother's wish before dying and contact authorities. The family needs closure either way. No questions asked. Not looking to convict - just grant a mother's wish before she leaves this earth. Let her know what happened to her baby!