Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Raymond Poland now missing 5 years, Erie, Pennsylvania

Raymond Samuel Poland falls into the category of little-known missing people. Today, at least, though, he deserves some attention. You will read below that it was a year before he was reported missing. Normally, that seems suspicious, but you will also read that he frequented homeless shelters. Maybe he didn't have family in the area. But there is obviously someone who cares about him or he never would have been reported missing.
Photo and info from the Charley Project (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/poland_raymond.html):
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: August 22, 2001 from Erie, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: June 19, 1966
Age: 35 years old
Height and Weight: 5'11, 160 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. Poland is of
Caucasian and Hispanic descent. He has a mole on his right forearm. Both of
Poland's forearms are scarred. He may have a moustache.

Details of Disappearance
Poland was last seen in Erie, Pennsylvania on August 22, 2001.
He has never been heard from again. Poland frequently visited homeless shelters
in the Erie area prior to his disappearance. He was not reported missing for a
year. His current whereabouts remain unknown.

Investigating Agency If
you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Erie Police
Department 814-870-1153

You can print a poster of Ray at http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/gallery/ncmaprofile_all.php?A200301454W. Perhaps, wherever he is, he will continue the habit of frequenting homeless shelters, so that would probably be an ideal place to hang posters.

The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA), which provides posters and other measures to try to find Ray and other missing adults like him, is currently in danger due to financial issues. They are in need of donations, but, more importantly, they need Congress to re-authorize Kristen's Act, which gave them funding. Please call your senator or representative. For more information, visit their homepage at http://www.theyaremissed.org.

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