All posts tagged: The Help Find the Missing Act

Janice Smolinski Guest on The Roth Show

On August 24, 2004, life changed for the Smolinski family, never to be the same again.  That was the day their son, William (Billy) Smolinski disappeared.  (website http://justice4billy.com) Since that fateful day, the scenarios of what could have happened to Billy are played out daily in the minds of his parents, Janice and Bill.  However, they did not just sit idly by and wait for him to come home, although that’s what authorities would have liked.  They became vocal and quite proactive in their search for him, posting flyers, entering information into databases and registering his case with missing persons organizations. According to Jan Smolinski, anything and everything that could have gone wrong with the investigation into the vanishing of her son, did.  Rather than take it lying down, they persevere, every day since Billy has been gone, their search is a part of the new reality of their lives. Even after being arrested, fingerprinted and thrown in jail, Jan did not become complacent.  As a mother of a missing son, there is no time for …

ImaginePublicity Endorses Bill For Missing Persons

Every year tens of thousands of Americans go missing, never to be seen by their loved ones again. At the same time, there are also an estimated 40,000 sets of unidentified human remains that are being held or disposed of across the country. Sadly, because of gaps in the nation’s missing persons systems, missing persons and unidentified remains are rarely matched. Help Find the Missing Act is an effort to fix these problems and bring closure to the loved ones of the missing. This legislation is named after Billy Smolinski of Waterbury, Connecticut who went missing on August 24, 2004 at the age of 31. Billy’s family knows all-too-well the systemic challenges in trying to find the missing. They quickly learned that while federal law mandates law enforcement report missing children, there are no such requirements for adults – or unidentified bodies. Compounding this problem is the fact that local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and coroners, often don’t have the resources or training to voluntarily report these cases. Finally, even when missing adults and …