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Missing Person Cases Often Neglected In Iowa



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About 350 people are considered missing in Iowa on any given day, but most of those receive little attention from police
    
The Des Moines Register investigated how missing-person cases are handled in Iowa and identified several concerns about the system.
    
Although every missing-person case could have a tragic ending, most are resolved simply when a runaway child returns home or an adult who left intentionally is found.
    
Gerard Meyers with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says it's a challenge for law enforcement to stay vigilant about these cases.
    
The newspaper found that many cases are largely ignored as runaways. And the missing-person database is often outdated and lacks detailed descriptions and photographs. Some police departments do little follow-up.
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