hey before you reblog a missing persons notice why don’t you take a few seconds to try and rule out the possibility that it’s a teenager who ran away from home? some telltale signs are: they “may have gone to [city] or [city]”, implying they went somewhere safe of their own free will; any description of them that includes a packed bag; lack of any kidnapper; they “were last seen walking…” down the highway or somewhere far away from home
also: does the notice ask you to call the police or a missing persons hotline with information, or does it ask you to directly call whoever put the notice up? this one isn’t foolproof, but you should be aware that for lost people over 18, the police usually won’t inform their family where they are without their permission, so sometimes this is a way to get around that rule
when I was in the process of moving out (and very much an adult) my abusers threatened at least once (‘at least’ because i was terrified+hurriedly blocking routes of contact, so i /hope/ i missed some gross messages) to use a missing persons report to harass me. as unpleasant as cynicism is, please be mindful when you reblog missing person posts
when i left a bad situation i had to deal with two shitty and terrifying formal missing persons reports— if you’re over 18 in many areas they can often still put a child type missing persons out if they can prove you’ve ever been on any kind of psychiatric medication or been diagnosed with a mental illness— but the worst was definitely the informal notices that sprang up before the first official one and survived the official dismissal of both.
mind, in unofficial ones circulating they claimed there was footage of me being dragged into a black van by a masked man, when no such thing existed because that didn’t happen! if it leads to a personal number but you are genuinely concerned, call the police of that area code. please.
"My boyfriend broke up with me. I’m sad but I’ll get over it eventually."
“My boyfriend broke up with me. All men are evil, misogynistic monsters who only want to get up in your panties!”
"My girlfriend broke up with me. I’m sad but I’ll get over it eventually."
“My girlfriend broke up with me. How dare she?! I’m a nice guy! I’m practically entitled to a girlfriend!”