In Zealand, people typically disappear in the woods-in Jutland it is mostly near water. But securing the port of Aalborg has, according to the organisation, helped…
When the phone rings at the home of Vivian Eriksen in Rebild, her husband occasionally puts his head on cocked and listens.
If the word “emergency search” Appears, he is often about to pack the wife’s car with yellow waistcoats and other gear before she has put the phone.
Then He knows that she is likely to be on her way to help find a person who has disappeared from family and friends.
Vivan Eriksen is the chairman of the voluntary and nationwide “Missing People” organisation, which aims to help find people who have been lost. And at the same time support the families who are left in a mixture of hope, fear and powerlessness.
Often in days. Maybe for weeks, months or even years. With a lurseous risk of never getting clear about what happened.
Relatives have a high priority
-Our first priority is clearly the relatives. To give them a calm. Then It’s a bonus when we Occasionally Can find the missing, “says Vivian Eriksen.
She herself gives her 27 years in the Home guard the honor that, without great concern, she can organize the searches. Here She is the command-Officer, corresponding roughly to above sergeant, and has previously performed similar tasks here.
-The Home guard is what made me what I am. But there is a difference; Now I have to organize it so that both Mr and Mrs Denmark can and will join, the president explains.
It’s Worth It
Also, Vivian Eriksen has not experienced a similar disappearance in her immediate family. But She can understand the violent unrest that surviving families find themselves in when the police have to abandon the search and no decisive clues have been found:
It’s the knowledge they need. Once you have experienced how much clarification can benefit them calmly, it is worth it. Then you forget that you have got sore feet of being in time a few hours, Vivian Eriksen explains.
Difference between Jutland and Sealand
When the people in Missing People make statistics on their work, patterns emerge that can surprise: In Jutland, most people disappear in the winter-most near water. In Zealand It is typical in the summer and most often in the woods.
Three out of four who are wanted as missing are men-East Jutland is clearly the region that Missing People has the most searches for.
Of uovervågede Ports in Randers and Aarhus take up well in the statistics. Since Aalborg Harbour was monitored in the basin, it has not been there at all.
Vivian Eriksen is pleased that many-as she herself-put up with no pay to spend hours searching for missing people.
Among the people who are searching by Missing people is a great deal of Demente. And it was after a dement man disappeared in the hot summer that the organization was asked to come to Silkeborg, as the police search had not yielded results
Although most believe that they know everything about what is going on in their own cadastral, it is Important To follow the invitation to look for missing near one’s own house.
-We went from house to house and showed pictures of the man and asked if the owner would look for the lost in his garden or let us do it. Often The residents did not know that someone had disappeared, and many felt also sure that it was not in their garden That someone could be, says Vivian Eriksen.
Found Seven meters from coffee table
It also applied to a woman who spent the warm summer day on the terrace of her garden.
-“I haven’t seen anyone, and I’ve been sitting there all day, so I’m sure there’s no one. But You must look, “she said to us,” says Vivian Eriksen.
When the two from Missing People came to the back of the garden, they found the man lying, sunburned and dehydrated, but otherwise in good condition. Behind a compost pile, only seven metres from the chair, where the woman ignorant had drunk her coffee!
80 kilometers in a day
The Previous weekend called Missing People to search by Egå north of Aarhus. This was the 27-year-old Steffen, who disappeared on a city tour of the capital of Jutland as far back as 1. December.
Through local media, the effort team from the Missing People Room asked for help. 150 volunteers showed up and received maps and instructions to patrol 80 kilometres of the edge of Aarhus Bay.
Including Two sailing ships that examined the seabed with sonar the well over 10 kilometres into the Port of Aarhus.
Police Officer is positive
Missing People also have drones attached that made good use of the shallow coast, while the dog patrol this day stayed at home.
We didn’t find anything. But then we have ruled out some options, Vivian Eriksen is up.
At the East Jutland Police, Detective Commissioner Morten Bang Rasmussen experienced cooperation as positive:
It’s been a good experience for us. Missing People have been able to attract many to the search, and we have had a good dialogue about what they Of Should and should not emphasize, he says.
Should fit with worked
On a daily basis, Vivian Eriksen has worked in a Rema 1000 store, so the searches need to fit into the roster.
In 2018 Alone, Vivian Eriksen was included in 22 of the 50 searches that the volunteers in Missing People stood for around the country.
Well, 75 percent of them are carried out without the public noticing properly. The last 25 percent leads to information and major searches that are often advertised in the daily press.
The longest search for Vivian Eriksen was exactly three years ago. A 19-year-old man from Aalestrup disappeared during a city tour in Randers.
-I was down there every day for five weeks until his body was found a Saturday. On Sundays, I couldn’t find peace at home and just went restlessly around, “Vivian Eriksen remembers.
Her Dream is that 80 percent of the population needs to know the organization. And that there are two intervention teams ready in each Danish municipality:
Then They know that there is someone to Sells If one of their loved ones gets lost, she says.
A “roof” Is ample reward for her. Vivian Eriksen has otherwise tried to get the flowers of relatives sent when a search was over.
I know it’s a good idea. But I don’t really care about it. I need to have an emotional distance to things in order to be able to stay in it, she explains.
Will Make a Difference
It is the desire to make a difference that leads Vivian Eriksen and the others to use a large and unpredictable part of their free time to be part of Missing People.
You never know when you’re going to need one. And It’s not always easy to get to fit with a full-time job, says Janne Bisgaard Sørensen, one of the watchkeepers of the phone that is open around the clock at the organization.
-But when you see and feel that you have made a difference to some people who have difficulty, it is worth it, she states
Janne Bisgaard Sørensen lives in Farum north of Copenhagen, but has several times taken the trip to Jutland to participate in searches.
-For me, it started when someone from my close family was away for three days without a message. I’m sure I can’t get into what it’s like to do without a family member for a long time. But I know how scared and uncomfortable you can stay in those three days, she’s going to get up.
Voluntary and Nationwide organisation created 22. May 2016.
Aims to be “a natural choice of partner in searching for missing persons in Denmark”.
Missing people offer to organize and initiate searches of missing persons in Denmark.
It should not be confused with another organisation, “Missing People Danmark”, which was dissolved in 2015.
Missing People have no one on the payroll. Membership costs a smaller contingent as either a support member or a member of the action.
If you Want to be a member of the action, you must be able to show a criminal record.
As a member of the action, you have to undergo an education so that you can help organize and run a search in a team of teams.
An effort team consists of an action manager, a card manager, a relatives contact and an assistant.
The Organisation requires volunteers to always follow the guidelines of the authorities and, in particular, the police.
It requires a review from the nearest relatives as well as acceptance by the police before Missing People do a search.
The Organization’s guard phone is open around the clock: 71 74 76 76
-You also meet many different people that you hadn’t seen. Both in terms of cultural background, political opinion, income and other things. When you meet about something like this, it’s like everyone’s going to be equal, whoever they are. And, of course, we also get a good team-up, “says Janne Bisgaard Sørensen.
In Skanderborg, consultant Claus Lindgaard is accustomed to driving towards North Jutland in his daily work. But occasionally he also packs the car to participate in one of Missing Peoples searches.
It’s not because we’re especially good people. But we have found it here to meet about, and when we seek, there are many people who do not know the missing person at all. It hits something in many to be able to help someone in distress, he experiences.
-It probably always gives a plug when we don’t find the one we’re looking for. But If we have done a serious job, I am satisfied. And I have not yet experienced anything else, he says.
24-year-old Benedikte Winther has soon been two years in the organization:
I have to prioritize my work first. But then the volunteer work in Missing People is what fills the most. It heats your heart very much when you feel that you have made a difference, she emphasizes.