- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442203684
- ISBN-13: 978-1442203686
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Place You'd Look: True Stories of Missing Persons and the People Who Search for Them
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A guided tour through the perplexing realm of missing persons. --Kirkus
A thorough overview of the problems involved in locating everyone, from children abducted by noncustodial parents to the victims of unsolved murders.
Moore, a former police officer, offers anecdotes and personal experience outlining the different types of missing persons, typical police procedures, what family members should be aware of, and finally, the occasional success. --Publishers Weekly
This book can be summed up in four words: It's excellent. Read it.
Moore...has harnessed her experience, her research and analytical skills, and her passion for the subject to write the definitive book about missing people.
--New York Journal of Books
From the Author
When you hear "missing person" you probably think of people who lead dangerous lives -- people on the edge -- but that's not what I found when I wrote this book. Instead, I discovered a 19-year-old on his way to work, a former serviceman who took off hiking, a teenager hanging around a swimming pool on hot afternoon, a mom who ran to the store, a daughter who went to a party, a father who vanished from his home; in other words, ordinary people who disappeared without a trace. I also found some 40,000 Jane and John Does all over the country, many buried in anonymous graves. I examined the process used by police, family and non-profits to search for the missing and unite the dead with their identities. These are their stories and, yes, they can be disheartening, but I believe it's vitally important that they be told.
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It is scary to realize how many people just fall off the face of the earth, many due to violent crime, others who just want to leave their situations. The saddest stories are those of young lives cut short and those involving the mentally ill.
The information about what families go through to look for their missing loved ones constitutes a sobering education in the limits of what the police can do to help. How appalling that an 18-year-old missing freshman in college is assumed to be an adult who does not warrant immediate searches, while possibly a week earlier that child was only seventeen and still considered a child.
I dare you to read this book and not be moved, shattered, and very grateful that it has been written.
It is also extremely well done. Carole Moore's narrative voice reads like the best crime fiction, but these stories are all too real.
Unfortunately,these things DO happen, and that's what makes the book such an important read. I read it back-to-back with Jaycee Dugard's memoir and I found that the two complemented one another nicely. The Last Place You'd Look provides the science, stories and background about why people go missing, how, and the methods law enforcement and loved ones use to find them. The most chilling parts of the book -- for me -- were the many stories about people going missing in such ordinary circumstances. Girl walks across the street and is never seen again. Wow. This book made me hug my daughter tighter and it's helping me to be a smarter, better parent.