Now several years later, and with new technology and on-line tools available the hope that Destiny Search Project could allow for community volunteer based organized searches for missing persons can now be realized. The goal of this new project is to make a system and tools available that anyone, anywhere can launch a community-based volunteer search in a matter of only a few hours. While the concepts, system, and tools are easy to use and learn if needed in an emergent situation it is encouraged that you familiarize yourself with them before they are needed. It is also highly recommended to work with local law enforcement, churches, and other community organizations and members to have a plan to activate in place in case it is ever needed. There will be more information on that in this operations manual.
In July of 2016 only days after launching the new system Destiny Search Project became involved in the search for Kaylee Sawyer from Bend, Oregon. The new system was used to assist in performing multiple searches using over 200 volunteers. At the same time, the family was assisted by some of our other services such as Media and Public Relations providing press releases about the search, Support Services in helping arrange a vigil, and Social Media Management of a Facebook group which grew to over 4000 members in 2 days.
This first use of the new system proved to work and be successful in our mission of using community-based volunteers for missing person searches. Over the coming months, we will continue to improve upon our Operations System and other services while remaining available to respond if needed, anytime, and anywhere in the United States.