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Problem Statement

The Jon Francis Foundation works to extend legal protection to missing adults.


Jon Francis died in the wilderness and was abandoned there by Idaho law enforcement and elected officials leaving Jon’s family feeling hopeless and betrayed.


We have learned that missing adults fall through the cracks of society’s sidewalk.


Forty (40) states do not require their law enforcement agencies to report or investigate the disappearance of an adult (someone over 18).

In addition, there are few federal laws requiring states to report and investigate cases of missing adults.  Missing person searches, commonplace for children, are uncommon for adults.

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