Are George and Cindy Anthony poster children for what NOT to do if your child goes missing?
Amy Edwards wrote another article today about missing children, this time with guidelines for what to do if you find yourself in this nightmare situation. She quotes Nancy McBride, the national safety director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Drew Kesse, whose daughter JenniferKesse disappeared from her Orlando condo in January 2006, and Mark Lunsford, who’s daughter was taken from their home and murdered by a neighbor. (notably absent is the advice of Cindy Anthony and Kid Finders. You’ll get a clue why as you read the do’s and don’ts of how to deal with this horrific scenario)
#1 thing to do, call police IMMEDIATELY because time is absolutely critical. According to McBride, “The sooner the parent or guardian responds, the better.”
After notifying the police, Drew Keese suggested heading to the streets. “That day, within three hours of getting to Orlando, we were standing on the corners with fliers.” He also said you should notify all media outlets. “Start getting that face and that name out. If you do have a family member strong enough, have that family member with police to do media interviews.” Kesse said to be upfront and honest with LE, and make sure they are following up on all leads.
Mark Lunsford suggested distributing fliers, talking to the media and letting LE do their job. “I spent three days handing out fliers by myself. You have to get out and do something,” he said.
Both men said to be wary of people or organizations that offer to help because their intentions may not be good. There will always be people trying to prey on you.
Kesse and Lunsford both said to be prepared for people or groups who offer to help but whose intentions are less than pure.
Mark Lunsford said that those that offered to help find his daughter were only interested in using the situation for fame or profit. “Really, all they wanted was exposure. They never did anything to help. It’s just so disturbing when I look back on it,” he said. He suggested doing your homework on anyone that might approach you to make sure they are on the up and up.
you can read Amy Edwards article below:
I don’t know about you, but IMO if you compared what they did and are doing to the suggestions in this article, the Anthony’s seem to be poster children for what NOT TO DO if your child is missing! It’s too bad they didn’t have the guiding hands of people like Mark Lunsford and Drew Kesse in the beginning.