Missing Native Americans

Sovereign Bodies Institute filed this request with the West Virginia State Police of West Virginia.
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From: Sovereign Bodies Institute

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information 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 the state, from 2000 through 2019; 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Sovereign Bodies Institute

From: West Virginia State Police

Pursuant to W.Va. Code ยง 29B-1-3(d): All requests for information must state
with reasonable specificity the information sought. Your request as written
is too broad to determine whether a public record exists related to the
information sought.

We are not able to search for records without identifiable information, i.e.
actual date(s) of incident(s) or name(s) of those involved. Please resubmit
your request for the specific information requested.


Mendi Craddock


West Virginia State Police

725 Jefferson Road

South Charleston, WV 25309

Telephone: 304-746-2113

Fax: 304-746-2421



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From: Sovereign Bodies Institute

Ms Craddock,

Thank you for this response. This request is for a national project assessing law enforcement and court response to cases of missing Native American youth, which will be published by Sovereign Bodies Institute. We understand the State of West Virginia does not maintain data on missing Native Americans, and we will print that in the report.


From: West Virginia State Police

We responded to your request on April 23rd, 2019.
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