Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Five weeks missing

For several weeks now I have posted a reminder that my mother-in-law, Shirley Hunt, is still missing. Each week I hope maybe I won't have to post this. But so far I have. This week brought a brief glimmer, with a possible sighting in nearby Kilgore, Texas. Further checking proved it was not her. Shirley has now been missing for five weeks.


clinch64 said...


You mentioned of attempting to get her profile to the national media, with no success. It makes you wonder what criteria is used when a missing person is reported on national news. There have been several in the past who had been missing only a week or so, and received the attention. How can one case be more important and pressing than the other?


R. L. Vaughn said...

Neil, I'm certainly no expert on why some get on national news and some don't, nor of the reason that national news agencies would give. I am sure that there are thousands of missing Americans at any given moment. I'm sure that they can't get them all on and must develop some kind of criteria. My observation (and it is only that) is that some kind of associated scandal -- adultery, rape, murder, kidnapping -- makes it "suitable" fare for national news.

Outside the "newsy" factor of news, I think a national media such as TV could perform a public service fairly easily by briefly putting up a picture of a different missing person at the end of each program they air. For example, at the end of the program Without a Trace (about missing persons), they put up the picture of a real missing person. I realize it would cost a few lost dollars in advertising time, but the value to the communities would be well worth it, IMO.

Anonymous said...

May God protect her and may all of your family know His Presence and care.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Thanks, Karen for your prayer and your kind words. God is truly good.

All, I will post an update tomorrow, Lord willing.