Missing Native Americans (Somerset County Sheriff)

Urban Indigenous Collective filed this request with the Somerset County Sheriff of Somerset County, NJ.
Multi Request Missing Native Americans
Due June 2, 2022
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Urban Indigenous Collective

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Basic information on all cases (open and closed) of missing American Indian/Alaska Native persons (including juveniles) within your region, from 2000 through 2021; this basic information can include but is not limited to: person name, age, DOB, incident date, case closure date, county/jurisdiction in which person was reported missing.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Urban Indigenous Collective

From: Somerset County Sheriff

Your OPRA request has been received and forwarded to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office as the Records Custodian does not have access to records within the Prosecutor's Office. However, please be advised that the records requested are maintained by the individual municipality in which the person was reported missing. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office would only have records if the case was elevated for a specific reason. If there are any records within the Prosecutor's Office, your request will be responded to by the Prosecutor's Office directly.

Your Open Public Records request has thus been processed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 47:1A:1, and I am closing the file.

Kelly L. Mager
[cid:image001.png@01D76781.6B39C830]Clerk of the Board
Somerset County
Board of County Commissioners Office
20 Grove Street * P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
www.co.somerset.nj.us<http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/>
Ph: 908-231-7030
Fx: 908-231-8754

From: Somerset County Sheriff

Good morning,

As indicated in your email below, our office provided a response to this request on June 22, 2021 with the following:

Your OPRA request has been received and forwarded to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office as the Records Custodian does not have access to records within the Prosecutor's Office. However, please be advised that the records requested are maintained by the individual municipality in which the person was reported missing. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office would only have records if the case was elevated for a specific reason. If there are any records within the Prosecutor's Office, your request will be responded to by the Prosecutor's Office directly.

Your Open Public Records request has thus been processed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 47:1A:1, and I am closing the file.

If there is any additional information, it will be sent directly from the Prosecutor's Office.

Kelly

Kelly L. Mager
[cid:image001.png@01D76CC0.94424290]Clerk of the Board
Somerset County
Board of County Commissioners Office
20 Grove Street * P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
www.co.somerset.nj.us<http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/>
Ph: 908-231-7030
Fx: 908-231-8754

From: Somerset County Sheriff

Attached please find the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office's response to your recent OPRA request.
Regards,

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Lauren R. Casale
Assistant Prosecutor
Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
40 North Bridge Street
Somerville, New Jersey 08876
Phone (908) 575-3300
Fax (908) 704-0750

From: Urban Indigenous Collective

Thank you for replying back to our OPRA request,

We have a few follow up questions:
1. Do you keep records of missing cases in your jurisdiction?
2. Do you keep these records based on race/ethnicity, gender, age, and/or other demographic characteristics?
3. If you do not have any records pertaining to missing Native Americans/Alaska Natives, do you have any records of murdered Native America/Alaska Natives in file in your jurisdiction?

Thank you in advance for your anticipated participation in the matter.

Sincerely,

Urban Indigenous Collective

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