FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 01, 2011


Missouri State Highway Patrol accounts for all unaccounted-for individuals following Joplin tornado

Unaccounted-for individuals count down to 0; next-of-kin of 134 deceased individuals have been notified

The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced today that all persons who had previously been reported as unaccounted-for have either been located or confirmed deceased and their next-of-kin notified.   "In the wake of this devastating tornado, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers have demonstrated outstanding professionalism and dedication in carrying out the vital mission of locating every individual who was unaccounted for after the storm," Gov. Nixon said.  "Our Troopers worked 24/7 to locate these individuals and to bring relief to the families of the living, and closure to the families of those who died.  This was a critical mission that our Missouri State Highway Patrol performed exceptionally well.”   Last Wednesday, 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 the devastating Joplin tornado.  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 Thursday, May 26, Gov. 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.   As of 1 p.m. today, a total of 268 missing-persons reports have been filed since the tornado; that total includes three additional reports that have been filed since yesterday afternoon's media briefing.  Over the past week, State Troopers and other partners have worked 24 hours a day to account for each of those individuals.  
Today, Gov. Nixon, the Department of Public Safety and the Highway Patrol reported that of the 268 individuals on the unaccounted-for persons list:
            144 previously unaccounted-for individuals are reported located;

            124 previously unaccounted-for individuals have been confirmed deceased, and their next of kin have been notified   That brings the number of unaccounted-for individuals to zero.   Persons categorized as "reported located" are individuals who the Missouri State Highway Patrol has received credible information indicating that they are alive.    As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 134 individuals have been confirmed deceased as a result of the tornado.  This total of 134 includes the following:
124 individuals included on the unaccounted-for list who have been confirmed deceased and whose next of kin have been notified by the Missouri State Highway Patrol;

7 individuals who have been confirmed deceased but were never transported to the temporary morgue because they were transported to funeral homes immediately after the tornado; and

3 individuals who have died in a hospital since the storm
The names of the individuals who have been confirmed deceased and whose next of kin have been notified as of 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 1) are:    Jose O. Alvarez, 59, Joplin Tedra J. Kuhn, 69, Joplin Maria L. Alvarez-Torres, 43, Joplin Donald W. Lansaw, Jr., 31, Joplin Barbara A. Anderson, 76, Joplin Bruce A. Lievens, 48, Joplin Sarah L. Anderson, 47, Joplin Billie S. Little, 65, Joplin William A. Anderson, 53, Joplin Skyuler I. Logsdon, 1, Joplin Cyrus "Edward" Ash, Jr., 87, Joplin Christopher D. Lucas, 28, Vinita, Oklahoma Grace Aquino, 46, of Joplin Rachel K. Markham, 31, Joplin Robert W. Baker, 54, Joplin Patricia Mann, 64, Joplin Bruce M. Baillie, 56, Joplin Nancy Martin, 52, Neosho Robert E. Bateson, 45, Joplin Jesse L. McKee, 44, Neosho Dorothy T. Bell, 88, Joplin James E. McKeel, 69, Joplin Regina M. Bloxham, 55, Joplin Mary L. McKeel, 64, Joplin Barbara Boyd, 86, Joplin Randall E. Mell, 49, Joplin Lathe E. Bradfield, 84, Joplin Angelina A. Menapace, 52, Joplin Ramona M. Bridgeford, 77, Seneca Ronald D. Meyer, 64, Joplin Leo E. Brown, 86, Joplin Lorna K. Miller, 72, Joplin Hugh O. Buttram, 85, Joplin Ray Donald Miller III, 49, Joplin Tami L. Campbell, 28, Joplin Suzanne M. Mock, 39, Forsyth Arriyinnah S. Carmona, 8, Joplin Esterlita Moore, 64, Joplin Moises Carmona-Navarro, 42, Joplin Doris Montgomery, 83, Joplin Shante M. Caton, 10, Joplin Sally Moulton, 57, Joplin Trenton Caton, 6, Pierce City Edmond V. Mullaney, 82, Joplin Raymond Chew, 66, Joplin Sharyl Nelsen, 34, Joplin Carolane J. Collins, 62 Eagle Rock William R. Norton, 18, Joplin Clyde Coleman, 72, Galena, Kansas Dennis M. Osborn, 34, Seneca Lois A. Comfort, 66, Webb City Charles E. Oster, 77, Joplin Keenan K. Conger, 49, Joplin Shirley Ann Parker, 68, Joplin Vicki L. Cooper, 59, Joplin Mary J. Perry, 76, Joplin Teddy R. Copher, 71, Joplin James B. Peterson, 27, Joplin Malisa A. Crossley, 36, Joplin Anna Pettek, 91, Joplin Adam Darnaby, 27, Joplin John H. Petty, 37, Neosho Patricia E. Dawson, 74, Joplin Hallie M. Piquard, 78, Joplin Nancy E. Douthitt, 94, Joplin Natalia M. Puebla, 17, Neosho Ellen Doyle, 75, Joplin Shelly Marie Ramsey, 42, Neosho Faith Dunn, 71, Joplin Loretta Randell, 54, Joplin Amonda S. Eastwood, 49, Joplin Troy Raney, 39, Joplin Richard A. Elmore, 70, Joplin Virgil T. Reid, 77, Joplin Randy E. England, 34, Neosho Johnny Richey, 52, Joplin Mark L. Farmer, 56, Joplin Vicki Robertson, 66, Joplin Ida M. Finley, 88, Joplin Keith D. Robinson, 48, Joplin Betty Fisher, 86, Joplin Virginia Mae Salmon, 80, Joplin Robert S. Fitzgerald, 61, Joplin Thomas Sarino 75, Joplin Rick E. Fox, 56, Joplin Tonya L. Sawyer, 41, Fort Scott, Kansas Marsha A. Frost, 32, Joplin Frances A. Scates, 70, Joplin Sebastian C. Frost, 10, Joplin Gladys J. Seay, 83, Welch, Oklahoma Charles K. Gaudsmith, 21, Carthage Daniel W. Shirley, 48, Joplin Billie J. Gideon, 77, Joplin Judy Smith, 71, Joplin Paul E. Haddock, 63, Joplin Luther Smith, 71, Joplin Johnna Hale, 49, Joplin Nicholaus A. Smith, 23, Joplin Caley Lantz Hare, 16, Joplin Shyrell L. Smith, 68, Pittsburg, Kansas Dorothy V. Hartman, 91, Joplin Lois L. Sparks, 92, Joplin Dee A. Hayward, 47, Galena, Kansas Steven J. Stephens, 28, Joplin Glenn W. Holland, 59, Joplin Gregan D. Sweet, 59, Joplin Lorie M. Holland, 48, Joplin Kayleigh Teal, 16, Pittsburg, Kansas Charlotte Hopwood, 84, Joplin Heather L. Terry, 36, Joplin Hayze Howard, 1, Webb City John Thomas, Jr., 40, Joplin Harli Howard, 5, Webb City Sandra K. Thomas, 55, Carthage Thomas Russell Howard, 29, Webb City Zachary D. Treadwell, 9, Joplin Iona Hull, 70, Carthage Margaret Tuit, 92, Joplin Wendy A. Istas, 58, Joplin Michael E. Tyndall, 33, Joplin Jane E. Jaynes, 86, Joplin Darian D. Vanderhoofven, 45, Joplin Melisa R. Johnson, 50, Carthage Joshua D. Vanderhoofven, 1, Joplin Cheryl L. Jones, 39, Altamont, Kansas Miguel Vazquez-Castillo, 28, Joplin Kathy S. Keling, 53, Joplin Miles Wells, 49, Webb City James D. Kendrick, 63, Joplin Tiera Whitley, 20, Fulton, Kansas Stanley D. Kirk, 62, Joplin Zach Williams, 12, Joplin Geneva Koler, 84, Joplin Charles W. Writer, 74, Joplin

The coroner has authorized the release of all deceased persons to their families so that they may be laid to rest.  As of 1 p.m., 119 persons had been released from the morgue, and additional persons are expected to be released later today.

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