Where Have All The People Gone? Joplin Frustration Mounts As Missing/ Dead Unverified:Two week wait to confirm deaths families told
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Where Have All The People Gone? Joplin Frustration Mounts As Missing/ Dead Unverified:Two week wait to confirm deaths families told

Joplin : MO : USA | May 25, 2011 at 10:43 PM PDT
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Anderson Cooper says 'Kick your ass' (Missouri tornado 5-23-11)

Joplin folks are being told that it will take up to two weeks before they will be able to identify their dead, according to CNN news. The morgue has admittedly made a 'recent mistake 'which is causing delays in release of information, according to one Mike Hare, who sobbingly told Anderson Cooper to tell people to hold on to hope as he searched for his son Lance in Springfield.

'Lack of creativity' is being described as the issue by officials in Joplin where there are reportedly 125 dead and over 1500 still missing. Where have all the people of Joplin gone? Wednesday 525 people waited for 3-4 hrs for permits to allow them to return to their homes while skies threateningly glowered overhead, but the crowds were told that they must wait for permits, which were being issued by four people at desks, delaying their return home for hours.

True to form, people tended to return to the closest intersection to where they lived, and wait for orders from police officers. In Joplin, however State officials do not appear to be responding to the raw emotions of families searching for upwards of 1500 people still missing. No offial list appears to be issued. Frustrated families trying to find their children who had been reported taken away dead in ambulances as witnessed by neighbours, were told they could not see their child, and that they might have to wait upwards of two weeks to confirm any deaths.

Anderson Cooper reports on CNN that Will Norton, who had just graduated from high school and was travelling home with his father after graduation ceremonies, has still not been found. He was ripped out of the SUV's sunroof as he was driving while his father tried to hold on to him. His father said the high school senior was ripped out of his arms while reciting scriptures, according to his aunt as she retold the story on CNN. Searches are widening as time drags on and many feel frustrated and angry as they await confirmation of the state of their loved ones.

It has been 72 hours since 1500 people in this town were sucked up into the sky. What happened to them? Where are the dead of Joplin? The families at least need to know that much. When will they be allowed to view the dead? The strangest thing about this tragedy is that all these people are just....gone. Nobody seems to know where to go and what to do - the story seems to get stranger and stranger...even Anderson Cooper is saying, and I quote, "um...um....what can you say?"

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