There’s only so much the police can do to find missing people. In the best case scenario, clues are left behind, helping the police piece together the puzzle and solve the mystery. It’s also vital they start searching within the first 72 hours. After that window closes, it’s much more difficult to find a missing person. The leads usually turn into dead ends and the trail eventually goes cold. Without anything to go on, the best the FBI and the police can do is keep the file open and hope something comes up that helps. As you can imagine, this is not only aggravating for the missing person’s family, but also for the brave men and women assigned to the case. And, as days turn into weeks which turns into months, those missing people act almost like ghosts, haunting the police.

Angela Mae Meeker

Just two days away from her 14th birthday, Meeker went missing in 1979 in Tacoma, Washington while walking to the Tacoma Mall. She wanted to get a birthday card for her friend. The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information that may help solve her mystery or lead to her recovery. If still alive, she would be 54 today.

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