I hope this effort can help fill in the unknowns and that there are enough resources available to help family members learn where their family members are and whether they are alive or dead.
The case of a missing West Point cadet from White Bear Lake, Minn., is bringing back bad memories for a Vadnais Heights, Minn., mother who's own son went missing seven years ago.
[...]"If it's such a small world," she asks, "where are our sons?" The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension hopes to find out with the help of a recently formed a three-person team that will review all of the state's missing person cases.
The team, which was created by the Legislature during the past session, will examine the 894 files on missing children and adults, looking for gaps in evidence, especially DNA and dental records. Finding that information also could help to identify 21 corpses being held around the state.
"There's a huge potential for a lot of matches and solving a lot of cases," said Janell Rasmussen, state administrator for the bureau's missing persons unit.
Sometimes people think it's a waste of taxpayers money going after people who may have disappeared willingly, but focusing on all those who are missing may also solve serious crimes such as murder or kidnapping.