Oklahoma Missing Persons Day provides hope for families

Oklahoma Missing Persons Day at UCO helped provide information for families of missing people. (KOKH/David Young)

Vicki Frost-Curl's mother Francine Frost went missing in 1981. Her remains were found two years later but her family wasn't informed it was her until more than 30 years had passed.

"The answer to her missing is solved," Frost-Curl said. "We've gone from a cold case missing to a cold case homicide."

The problem was her mother wasn't entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) until 2010. Once she was entered, information about her was able to be matched to the remains, found in 1983, by her son by using a simple web search.

"He said, 'Mom, everything's on the Internet. If I look long enough I'm going to find something,'" Frost-Curl said. "A search matched. It brought up two reports: the missing and the unidentified; and linked them together."

Frost-Curl is now pushing for "Francine's Law" to be passed in Oklahoma. It would require missing persons reports to be put into the NamUs system.

"My experience is they don't know about it," Frost-Curl said. "In my home state of Kansas I've gone to my local sheriff's office and police department and taken NamUs information. They kind of knew about it, not so much. Now they do."

Frost-Curl believes the Oklahoma Missing Persons Day is a good way to spread awareness.

The regional program specialist with NamUs, Mike Nance, said this event helps provide some peace of mind.

"Whenever a loved one goes missing, they don't know whether they're deceased, whether they're alive. whether they're lying on a beach somewhere, whether they're being chained up in a home somewhere and kept," Nance said.

Frost-Curl said she hopes to spread "Francine's Law" across the country as well. She said there are currently five states that have this type of law in place.

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