WE CAN MAKE A MISSING PERSON POSTER FOR YOU

One of the most useful tools in a missing persons investigation is a current photo made available for viewing by people who may come in contact with the missing person.

The Known As Monqiue (KAM) Foundation creates and distributes posters upon request for missing persons listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) by police upon taking a missing persons report. We require a signed Consent and Release Form from a custodial parent/guardian of a missing child, or authorized representative of a missing adult, to create a missing person poster.

To request this service, please contact the Known As Monique Foundation by phone at 443-277-5507. Posters can usually be created within the hour upon receipt of information and picture related to the missing person.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) also creates, distributes and maintains an up-to-date list of missing children posters. These posters will take the place of KAM-created posters, if applicable.

MAKING YOUR OWN POSTER

It’s helpful to use an experienced agency like Known As Monique Foundation or NCMEC for poster creation and distribution, but you can always make your own instead or in addition. Here are some templates and helpful hints:

1. You can use the following templates created in Microsoft Word to create a poster. Then save/convert the Word document to a PDF file.

2. You can use an online tool to create your poster — try Laura Recovery Center’s Flyer Generator.

3. Never list your home or cell phone number on the poster; list only the number for the police or NCMEC. The number listed may receive false leads or inappropriate calls, which will only add to the stress you encounter when a loved one is missing if you list your person number. The police are best trained to deal with this.

4. It is illegal to include pictures of potential abductors unless there is a warrant out for the person’s arrest. Instead, use vague language such as, “The child may be accompanied by an adult female.”

5. If you plan to distribute the poster electronically, upload a PDF copy to an online server and distribute only the link to the file. Using a PDF instead of a Word document will prevent others from making unauthorized changes to your poster.

*Note to consider: If you attach the actual poster or photo to an e-mail, people may keep forwarding the e-mail even after the missing person has been recovered. Distributing only a link allows you to have control over whether people can get access to the poster.

6. After the missing person is recovered, take down the posters you have put up, and let others know to do the same. It would also be a good idea to send a message to your network advising that the missing person has been located.