Missouri Department of Public Safety News Release

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

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JOHN M. BRITT, DIRECTOR

News Release ID: N01110019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JOPLIN, Mo

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.

For more information, call (573) 751-4819 or e-mail mike.oconnell@dps.mo.gov