Missing Person

A missing person is a person who has disappeared, and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and fate is not believed known. Laws related to missing persons are often complex, since in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law, and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or funeral resulting when a person goes missing, may be extremely painful and long-lasting for family and friends.

A person may be missing due to their own decision, accident, crime, death in a location that they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In some countries missing persons' photographs are posted on bulletin boards, milk cartons, postcards, and websites, to publicize their description.

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    Ishmael Reed (b. 1938)

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    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928)

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