Why dont all the missing people get in the news?

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little more than a hundred times a day someone gets lost in the Netherlands. Yet very few missing persons make the news – most of them hear or see nothing at all. How do the police decide if a big one will be ripped out and an Amber Alert will be sent out? When should a missing person receive a lot of (media) attention? And how does TCCEIT do that? At Insta we often get questions about that. In this article we explain our choices when we make news or not news about missing persons.

Why do I need to know this?

Sometimes we make an Insta video about a missing person. Why do we do that, but we don‘t post anything about a lot of other missing persons? We understand you might be walking around with that question!

Not all missing people are in the news. That could not be possible either: the police get a lot of reports about missing people. Every year it’s about 40,000. More than a hundred a day, so. The police quickly collect a lot of information every time they go missing, and then look at how urgent a situation is. The police prefer to talk about how urgent the missing person is. Is it someone under 13 who‘s lost? Is anyone in danger? Or are there any evidence of a crime? Then the police are jerking out big.

We’re looking at how the police handle a missing office case. Sometimes that‘s very clear. For example, the police are talking about a disturbing missing person, there are indications that someone has died in a violent manner, or items have been recovered. Are there dog helos deployed? Is there a photo APB shared? It’s all things that count. It may be reasons why we decide to bring the missing.

Who finds what?

When someone is missing and that news is picked up by media, followers sometimes feel that we should make that news too. We get DMs with questions: Why isn‘t there anything about this on your Insta yet?

We’re not just making news of a missing person. Sometimes, for example, someone wants to be away for a while or not be found. It also causes questions if we do not have one missing attention and the other does not. So we‘re reluctant. If we’re in doubt, we‘ll talk about that in the editorial office. We ask a lot of questions. How long has anyone been missing? Are there any other notable things going on?

We’re also calling the police. What do they know about the missing person? Is there more things playing with it? Why do they unpack big with it? Or why don‘t they do that? Sometimes the police themselves cannot say so much and there are actually not enough answers. We want to quickly share new information, but we think it’s important that what we share is complete and not just causes more questions.