JOPLIN, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Public Safety says it no longer is looking for the whereabouts of anyone after the EF-5 tornado on May 22. For the first time since the state took over the management of the list of names for whom people were searching, the number of people who are "unaccounted-for" is zero.
Edited news release:
On May 25, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assume responsibility for locating individuals who were unaccounted-for. After initial reports that the number of unaccounted-for individuals could be more than 1,300, the Patrol focused the search on individuals for whom an official missing-persons report had been filed.
On May 26, Nixon also directed the Missouri State Highway Patrol to augment the process of identifying the remains of those who died as a result of the tornado, and to expedite the process of notifying those individuals’ next of kin.