Reading about his disappearance makes me curious as to why Congress is unwilling to pass H.R. 2103, the “Re-authorization of Kristen’s Law“. If these are typical experiences of what families are faced with, then why the delay?
Most of these cases are lucky if they are given any local coverage at all. Why is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) provided $35 million per year in funding yet the National for Missing Adults (NCMA) still waits for funding?
You can write Congress to find out why by clicking here and your letter will be directed to the proper Legislator.
The News Observer recently published this article about a missing adult on the travails of the family.
“…Robert Scott Rabun has been missing since a friend dropped him off at his apartment in northern Chatham County late on a Friday night in February.
Chatham County deputies have been looking for Rabun ever since. They have combed the surrounding area with cadaver dogs, posted fliers and interviewed neighbors but have not found any sign of him.
Lee Walton Rabun of Alpharetta, Ga., said the disappearance of his 49-year-old brother has taken an emotional toll on his family, who gathered at their parents’ Alpharetta home for Thanksgiving.
Our parents pray every day that he will come back to us,” said Lee Rabun, 48. “It’s difficult. He’s missing, and we don’t know what happened.”
Rabun is one of at least 50 people listed as missing long-term in the Triangle and the surrounding region. Some have been gone a few months, others for nearly 20 years. Some of the cases have gone cold; in others, police still chase leads.
The Rabuns’ experience is typical of what happens when someone disappears. The initial frenzy of attention and sympathy when someone is first reported missing wears off. Police move it into the cold-case files. But family members try to keep their memories and the search alive.
Karen Riojas of Sanford felt the same way in the months before the body of her daughter, Julie Michelle Bullard, was found Oct. 18 in Cumberland County.
Riojas, a divorced mother of two and longtime postal employee, has a vivacious smile, merry eyes and pert, stylish haircut that made her appealing to nationwide audiences when she appeared on shows like CNN’s “Nancy Grace,” Court TV’s “Catherine Crier Live,” Fox News’ …”
Are you prepared to do the same if an adult you know were to go missing?