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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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