Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sheriff Orders Review of 911 Tapes in Seattle-Area Missing Woman's Case

SEATTLE — "A sheriff has ordered a review of the 911 calls made about a woman who spent more than a week missing before search crews found her trapped in the wreckage of her sport-utility vehicle.

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr's order comes after Tanya Rider's husband complained that he had to fight to get authorities to launch a search for his wife.

Tom Rider said he asked the sheriff's office last weekend to use cell phone technology to try to find his wife, but was told she couldn't be categorized as a missing person because she wasn't a minor, suicidal or mentally ill.

Authorities found the Maple Valley woman after detecting the general location of her cell phone Thursday morning, then searching along a highway southeast of Seattle.

Rahr said her department gets up to 700 missing persons reports a year, and the vast majority involve people who fail to come home on time or "an adult who wants to leave on their own accord."

Nevertheless, Rahr said she takes Tom Rider's concerns seriously. "I want to know if he tried to report this and we made a mistake," Rahr said. "If we made a mistake, we're going to address that."

So remember this the next time you're watching Law & Order, Without A Trace, or some other silly ass fiction about law enforcement. There are so very many caveats attached to searching for an adult that you're better off doing it yourself, or as in this particular instance, all but shaming LE into doing something, Anything.

Now, let a rich guy's plane go into the drink and all bets are off. Then the powers that be can't move quick enough.

And as far as the Sheriff offering that he'd be willing to address their mistakes (he still won't admit that leaving a woman in a car for 8 days was one), don't make me laugh.

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