Jerrie Dean

Missing Persons of America was started by Jerrie Dean in February 2011 and one year later reached 1 million visitors. 2.7 million in 2013, 4 million in 2014, 5 million in 2015, 6 million in October 2015 and four months later reached 7 million visits in February 2016. In Oct 2016 the count is 9.2 million visitors. At the end of December, 2016, we had over 10 million hits on the website, an astounding growth in two months.

MPofA’s goal is to provide information about all missing persons in America.  MPofA knows that not all missing persons are treated equally and some get more media attention than others, so the website was born to provide a place for all missing persons to get equal national attention.

It has also proven to be a place where people can leave comments and tips about a missing person.

Jerrie who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement is an advocate for missing persons in America.  Her drive came from her siblings that were victims of a parental abduction when they were 3 and 4 years old.  She witnessed the effect it had on her mother as she grew up. Although her brothers and sister were safely located ten years later, the effect in the family dynamics was something that was never shaken, and something Jerrie draws from when dealing with other family’s that are going through the same thing.

She has done interviews on her articles with “BBC News,” “LA Times,” “Fox News,” and the “Discovery Channel,” and was featured on the Investigative Discovery Channel show, “Happily N’ever After,” talking about the Cassie Cotta story.  Jerrie was the first to break the story when the McStay family was located, and the first to bring out a connection regarding the Laura Simonson Case.  Jerrie is a source for news media all over the U.S. because of the information she receives from years of developing relationships with family of the missing and confidential sources, that although asked, politely declines to divulge.  Click here to see her list of interviews.    A press release with background information can be read at the bottom of the page.

Between November 2013 and 2014, Jerrie did a radio segment called  Missing Persons of America that aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM.

Jerrie has been quoted by the media on the subject of missing persons and on how social media has become a major factor in helping to locate missing persons, since the release of her book, “How to Use Social Media to Help you find a Missing Person

Jerrie was invited to eHow Studios to give her expert opinion on the future development of their website, and has one of her articles being used as a course study material for a Duke University Class “Introduction to Experiential Education Class”.

Jerrie is retired from federal law enforcement and lives in California with her husband and sons and spends each and every day sharing the missing on her blog and working on developing TV show concept ideas for various film production companies.


If you would like Jerrie to be a guest speaker or would like an interview or just need more in-depth information about any of the cases she has covered, you can contact her via email at or if you are with the media please click the media tab (above).



  1. I can’t seem to find the “older posts” area. You kept updates on missing persons etc. Everything I can get to currently is “new”. I do find is easy to use the left hand area of missing persons headliners, but still I’m sure I’ve missed out on many days or weeks of status, etc. Otherwise. I’m left without any new updates on older posts or say, last weeks missing. Being a parent and concerned citizen (who votes, lol ) I like to be in the know.
    Nor. Cal/

    • Thanks for the feedback. I am seeing what you are talking about. Can you go to this link which is my latest post and go to the bottom of the page and right under my photo you will see “Previous post” and “Next post.” You would click on next post to take you to the article I posted before that, and then scroll to the bottom and go to next post again, etc. Let me know how that works. In the meantime, I am going to see if I can come up with something easier.

      Also, when I update an older post with new info, you would not receive an email about that, so that is no help either.

      Let me mull it over and see if I can come up with a solution.


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