Police indifference and incompetence in the handling of adult missing persons cases was the first major topic Michelle Tuccitto Sullo tackled after she was named to the new position of investigative editor at the New Haven Register in December.
Among the tools she used in reporting the story was to set up a “Missing in Connecticut” Facebook page.
At first, it was used just to post links to the stories Michelle was writing. But there is a whole community of family and friends of missing persons who organize themselves through social media and the web, and they almost literally took over the page. Since then, it has been dominated by family members exchanging information and links with each other. It’s been a virtual support group. And it’s connected Michelle with new sources and new leads in pursuing the topic.
And Michelle’s reporting is starting to pay off. On February 15, the Connecticut State Police announced the formation of a special unit dedicated to missing persons cases.