AG’s Office announces new South Dakota Missing Persons Clearinghouse website
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that an updated South Dakota Missing Persons Clearinghouse website is operational.
Attorney General Mark Vargo said improvements to the website will allow for better sharing of vital information regarding missing persons statewide.
“The most important upgrade is the automatic updating of information 24/7 as the page is tied into to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC),” said Vargo. “That will allow for information to be disseminated through the Clearinghouse as soon the initial entry is made into the national database.”
The new page also allows for greater searchability to the user, including improved and added filters that allow searches by gender and race. Expanded descriptors include height, weight, hair color, eye color and more narrative information such as the person’s last known location and what the person was last seen wearing.
Users will also be able to arrange the page through multiple options including most recent, least recent and alphabetical.
“We want this website to be easy for people to use,” Vargo said. “The public can help authorities find missing persons and return them to their loved ones.”
The Attorney General’s Office is in the process of hiring a new Murdered and Missing Indigenous Persons specialist, and the website will be an important resource for that specialist.