Introduction

[dropcaps round=”no”]T[/dropcaps]he Destiny Search Project provides services to families, law enforcement, and other groups engaged in a search for a missing person. The extent of the services we provide provided are determined case by case basis, but may include: Volunteer Based Search Operations, Law Enforcement Support, Resource/Logistics Management, Public Information/Affairs, Social Media Management, and Family Support Services

Our organization formed in 2007 after the disappearance of Destiny Norton in Salt Lake City, Utah. The group was incorporated as a nonprofit and received their IRS 501(c)3 tax­exempt designation in 2008. Operation in Utah included searches for Camille Cleverley, Hser Ner Moo, Susan Powell, and others.

During this time, we received invaluable advice and assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Their guidance and assistance helped streamline and strengthen our model of operations. In 2011, the organization relocated to Oregon.

Building on our experience in Utah, we began developing a model that could be quickly set up and activated virtually anywhere. Seeking to leverage the simplicity and availability of the internet, we developed a system that would take advantage of cloud­based internet applications.

Today, the vision of making the Destiny Search system available nationally is a reality. Finally, anyone anywhere can launch a community-based volunteer search in a matter of only a few hours.