Springfield Police explain a missing person report


In the last 3 years, Springfield Police detectives have investigated more than 3,300 missing person cases.

Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh said that many of those cases are duplicates and runaways that get reported more than once.

There are currently 35 people listed as missing in Springfield; 24 from this year. 

Two of this year’s most notable missing person cases was resolved on Page Boulevard last month when police discovered the remains of  Ernestine Ryans and America Lyden.

Both had been reported missing months ago. 

Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh said if someone you know disappears, it’s important to fill out these identification forms that are then passed on to police. Once that form is turned in, the case is assigned to a detective.

“Every morning our officers go out and spend a few hours on the missing person cases from the night before. There’s a lot of resources and time that go into it to make sure every case is handled appropriately,” Walsh said.

Walsh said police approach adult missing person cases the same way they investigate a missing juvenile.

He said it’s helpful to police if you provide a photo of the missing person when you fill out a report.

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