There are many times that folks get missing and this happens all the time in towns and cities in America. These are unfortunate events which may have some solutions or may have not. For those affected it is often a really tragic event that will inform their actions, even if they have recourse to some government agencies.
These may be local in nature, especially if there is no evidence or proof that there was no foul play involved. For instance Nashville missing persons will remain a more or less social case which is going to be handled by a non police agency. When the person has been in the habit of getting lost or wandering off, they might be lucky to find him or her.
This might mean that people around communities will recognize this person when and if he starts going off. This may be the less fortunate who need some help from members of his community. And this is the thing which will make him be findable and recoverable for his family.
The cases involving those suspected of having been kidnapped and put into the human trafficking underground are less fortunate. Families may spend years asking all sorts of folks, trying to get help from various agencies to no avail. Yet they will try continuing this work even without hope because they want their loves ones found.
There is something that is going to make this a really vital thing for any community. This is part of the self help programs or the community involvement for such cases. Families are no longer willing to just let things be when their children are involved and so will try all they can to help other unfortunate victims of such crimes.
Criminal networks often use the little kids for their own activities. These are not paid, are used up, and will grow into the system that has taken them and abused. Most will not remember their parents and homes, because they might have been taken when they were babies, when their mothers were not looking.
Babies are sometimes just left on corners of supermarkets. That is not irresponsible, but busy parents should be aware that they are risking their kids this way. So there should be warnings there and in public places, even as some will not put the signs up because of the tendency of people to consider it too paranoid.
There might be government agencies which are giving help constantly. The police or sheriff departments might be involved or are helping. But without evidence and without trails these cases can often be relegated in cold files, which means they are unresolved but open whenever any proof or material is found.
For many it is a good help, even as they will lose hope as years go by. Also, the FBI could be contacted, and while they are so busy, they might flag the item on their automated databases. Then when something comes up they simply check and if crime is involved then they are beholden to investigate.