When that missing person is someone you know

I knew what to do as a 911 dispatcher when someone reported a missing person. I knew what to do as a paramedic when we found the unfortunate missing person. But, what do you do when that missing person is someone you know?

I always cringe when I hear the news that someone that’s been missing has been found dead – after spending 9 years as a paramedic, I know what that means in greater detail than I would ever share with anyone.

Today, I found out that good friends from my church have a missing family member; someone I’ve met and chatted with – someone that drove my voice student to her lessons with me on a regular basis for nearly 6 months.

Now, with that family member missing, I’m left wondering what to do when that missing person is someone you know.

I’ve shared her name and information on Facebook. I’ve spent quite a bit of time praying over her today. I’m writing this blog to get the word out. If the authorities decide to put together a search, I would volunteer. It’s about all I can do.

A couple of minutes ago, I read a post on my Facebook timeline that the Illinois State Police have found a woman’s body in the area. They say she is recently deceased.

My heart skipped a couple of beats, my breathing accelerated, and I felt a slight panic. This must be what happens when that missing person is someone you know.

I hate to jump to any conclusion – there are LOTS of missing women from our area. In fact, it seems to be happening too often.

These families must be going through such torment in the wondering. For one family, though, tonight’s discovery may end at least a small piece of that torment.

Dear Heavenly Father, with humble spirits and praise for you, we ask that you bring these missing people home. There are so many. The families are heartbroken. Bring these families a peace that passes all understanding as they wait and wonder. Thank you for your loving kindness, for your grace and mercy, and for your endless compassion. Amen.

If you have seen Joan, please contact the Joliet Police Department

UPDATE:

Joan Smith has been located. Please click here for more:

When that missing person you know has been found

 

If you have seen Joan Smith, please contact the Det. Vironda of the Joliet Police Department at 1-815-724- xxxx or the Will County Crimestoppers at 1-800-323-xxxx.  Here is a link to this information on the Joliet Police Department Facebook page:   Joan M. Smith

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Source: Biblegateway.com

If you have a friend or loved one that’s missing, please post their picture and contact information here in the comments. You can also come to my Facebook page – There’s a Bug in My Coffee – and post the same information there. Let’s bring as many home as we can!

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