THE BOOK LODE, LLC
Historical Research & Writing
I grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then followed my mother’s advice to go somewhere “different” for college. In 1965, I moved to Boulder, Colorado. Now, more than five decades later, my roots are still in the East, but my heart – and my passion for researching and writing about history – is in the West. Colorado has remained my home. Here you will learn more about my books, articles, current projects – and about me. Thanks for visiting my website. (Visitors to www.boulderjanedoe.com are redirected here, as that site has now merged with this one.)
Stumped on a cold case? Need historical context for a research project? Looking for people or places in Boulder County, Colorado? Contact me for more information.
Silvia Pettem, © 2017
THE LONG TERM MISSING — Contents
Why Finding the Missing is Important
Categories of Long-term Missing Adults
Children: Helping to Bring Them Home
Celeste’s Sister Sara: Found Alive in Mexico
NamUs: An Investigative Tool
Become Your Long-term Missing Person’s Advocate
Gather Information, Document, and Do the Research
Pitfalls and Legalities
Retrospect –– Inside a (Previously) Cold Case
Silvia Pettem writes from the heart. Her engaging narrative is packed with real-life stories and is a must-read for family members as they journey from heartache to hope.
R. H. Walton, EdD, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Program, Utah State University
Author of Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques
Hunt, Chuck, Faribault County Register, March 5, 2017
"[The Long Term Missing: Hope and Help for Families] is fascinating.... I highly recommend reading Pettem's book."
"Pettem advises searching parents to be a 'squeaky wheel.' She also encourages them to see if their states offer Missing Persons Day events and to attend to give DNA samples and to update reports. This guidebook should empower families to never give up hope, even as Pettem reminds readers that not everyone wants to be found."
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Long-term missing persons
Cold case homicides
Boulder County, Colorado, history