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Missing NPF Change Log and Administrative Updates

Changes to Homepage

  • New header section with increased visibility of the 3 most recently updated cases.
  • We have eliminated the Facebook banner section
  • We have excluded a form that was initially on the homepage asking for feedback. Users are now encouraged to use the Support page for these inquiries.

In alignment with our promise to keep Missing NPF optimized and consistent across all platforms, we have released an aesthetic update to our Welcome, About Us, and several other pages. According to our statistics, 66.4% of our visitors use mobile devices to access Missing NPF content, and 72.9% arrive at Missing NPF organically, necessitating a change in our homepage messaging. Some content has been updated to reflect our position with regard to the data we share from other sources, the frequency of our case updates, and our commitment to ethical and responsible reporting. As a supplement to the information previously indicated in our ‘Welcome’ page, we have included a clarifying identity statement:

Missing NPF is America’s first and most comprehensive missing persons database focused on centralizing information of those who have gone missing on federally managed land in the United States of America. Missing NPF launched in 2020 with the goal of cross-connecting case information from various websites and organizations into one, user friendly environment that – we believe – should have already been designed, developed, and maintained by the United States Government. Missing NPF does not create case file content, nor does it engage in subjective analysis of facts as presented by the investigative entity from which that data was retrieved. Missing NPF is not a federal agency or law enforcement entity; Missing NPF is not a search-and-rescue operation/agency. Missing NPF does not ‘blog’ (in the formal sense of the word), nor does it publish opinion pieces within any element of a listed case file (with the exception of ‘bulletin’ statements which provide clarification that we consider integral to the responsible consumption of information contained within the case file description). Missing NPF is an informational website that collects data from the public domain and centralizes that data in organized fashion.

The focus on those who have gone missing on federally managed land, and our ability to cross-connect valuable elements of data to each case file meets this statement with truth; in no way does this statement serve to devalue or otherwise de-emphasize the work of content creators on various platforms and the professional journalists who acquire vital information for dissemination. In fact, we recognize their efforts and have included the following in support:

The information posted inside case files comes from public reporting, and appropriate credit is given to the source (by name and linked URL) in a dedicated section of each case file.

In response to the growing numbers of websites and publishers who have used (and are currently using) the information we share, we have included clarifying remarks:

At any point in time, data available on Missing NPF should be considered incomplete. Missing NPF not only actively updates case files every day based on public reporting but also has a backlog of missing person cases that have yet to be added to the database; when the information available is simply not clear enough to determine whether the case file meets listing criteria, or the reporting organization has not released critical information needed for listing, we may refrain from listing the person until clarification can be obtained. We work hard to assess and release case files as quickly as practical, staying careful to provide the most accurate data available ethically and responsibly. If you plan on citing Missing NPF in your article or report, please note the above information and notate accordingly.

Missing NPF continues to build upon its current framework from a project management perspective using the insight of our users and guests who submit their recommendations. We have integrated a support tool to handle these incoming requests and to ensure that two-way communication is achieved. Please visit our Support page to view this tool.

As the Founder of Missing NPF, I am deeply humbled by the support we continue to receive from our growing userbase and look forward to releasing more features in the very near future. Thank you! -Joss

Missing NPF has connected the Subreddit r/MissingNPF to the database case file updater. This means anytime someone is added to the database, our Subreddit will be automatically updated with the person’s name and case status simultaneously.

This comes as Missing NPF releases V2 – featuring Twitter and Facebook integrations, News updates via email at the touch of the subscription button, and more sort/filter options in the Explore tab.

How do Subscriptions work?

Simply tell us your name and your email address, select which ‘list’ you want to be subscribed to (News Updates and/or Database Case File updates), confirm your subscription, and the relevant postings will be delivered to you via email!

More to come, thanks for seeking!

Hey everyone, what a month! In addition to the updates we informed you about in previous posts, a few other features have been added, modified/enhanced:

A new ‘entity’ search has been added to our Explore page, just in case you’d like to know which entity is running and/or involved in the investigation. This explore option comes with a filter option to select a case file, and 3 ‘order by’ options: Latest, A-Z, Z-A.

The homepage has been restructured to display quick links to both the Database and the News sections. Included on this update: A new ‘Recently Modified Case Files’ listing (dynamically filterable by 4 main subsets of data – All, Found, Missing, Unidentified), and a new highlight section for Active Search Underway listings.

The news section now includes the complete site search, and a fully dynamic news filter, as indicated below.

Our new site search page has been reformatted.

We continue to add case files to our database on an almost daily basis; we will be launching a contact page which will make your reports to us more streamlined. We will be releasing information on this update soon.

Thank you for seeking, and for your continued support of Missing NPF!

For a while now, we’ve been restructuring the look and feel of Missing NPF. I’m not by any means a programmer or website design pro, but I had a vision of connecting data in meaningful ways, and I’m happy to report that we’ve been able to find and use low-cost tools that continue to help us achieve that goal!

While the database has been finalized – in terms of formatting – our ‘News’ section has been an element we could never quite connect. As some would know, structuring a many-to-many relationship when using more than one platform is a difficult task to do, especially when you’re not a developer and the project is personally-funded.

This week, we have finally been able to do what we’ve been wanting to for a while now – connect various elements of the website together while utilizing automation to enhance user experience and power site-wide growth.

From this point forward, case updates have a new home – the ‘News’ section, and those updates will systematically be connected to the case file in our database. A new ‘News Search’ has been added to the ‘News’ page, that will display results dynamically once a few letters have been typed as well. We’ve modified the single-post view, adding a link to the case file related to that posting, and a tag list that will make summarizing longer pieces easier. We’ve already included many ways to share our posts on various social platforms, and we’re looking into ways you can subscribe to text updates on newly listed postings, case reviews and case updates!

From social media creators and influencers, law enforcement entities, and you (seekers) I feel confident Missing NPF will soon celebrate its 1-year anniversary – alongside its 20,000 monthly visitors – an even more robust missing persons database.

Thank you for your interest and support, and I look forward to continuing on this journey with you!

As part of our commitment to provide as much meaningful information as possible, I will be adding a section to each case file that outlines which law enforcement entity has investigative authority for that case. Any entity which has involvement in an investigation will be linked to these case files.

This update will likely take several weeks to several months to complete, and will be completed manually on each new record that is added to the database. Contact information will be supplied for each entity.

Please leave your comment(s) below.

There have been quite a few changes on the Missing NPF platform, namely the release the following updates:

PHASE-OUT: Case “News” now in it’s own “Case Updates” category and listing

After much consideration, I have arrived at 99% certainty that I will be phasing the “News” section out in favor of the case information/description and update data connection system.

The vision I have for Missing NPF extends beyond posting connected news; while extremely important, and never would I devalue the work of bloggers and media professionals, I am more concerned with how best to connect elements of data within the story with relevant data outside the story. This being so, it’s only appropriate that our “News” section be used for general blog activity (camping gear, hiking news, etc.) than for case mentions and updates. The work of talented bloggers and disseminators of information external to Missing NPF will still be recognized in a more robust way once the data migration has been completed. I plan to address these plans in more detail as time goes on.

For now, I will keep the news we have up, which features approximately 30 stories, but will likely discontinue posting this type of content in this section of the website.

This is a decision which has not been made 100%. If you have a suggestion, I would love to hear it! Please reply to this post.

“CASE UPDATES” now inside Case File

Case updates still have their own tab on each person’s case details, but this connection has been extended to be included as links inside the overview section, below the initial case description.

We find that – if reading a long story and wanting to know if the case has been updated – it would be easier to navigate after reading the initial report than to navigate back up and search through the “Updates” tab.

Again, we will leave the “Updates” tab intact, as this tab will display the number of updates a certain case has had for quick reference when beginning to view a record.