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August 3 , 2014

'Missing and Endangered Person' flyers used by Florida cops to stalk non-missing individuals

FDLE continued to publish photo of man that was not missing for an entire month after being told to remove it 

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

On March 19, 2014, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) emailed the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC), which is an agency within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and instructed the agency to remove the missing person poster of Alec Thomas Hash.

“Please discontinue dissemination of this poster. Please remove and discard any posters on this case that you have placed in public view” the NCMEC said.

Katie Krivoshein, crime intelligence analyst, FDLE, received the email, but did not remove Alec Hash’s poster.

On April 12, 2014, Timothy Charles Holmseth (this reporter) emailed the FDLE and asked why Alec Hash was still being presented to the public as a missing person when he had been emancipated by a judge in Georgia.

On April 21, 2014, Krivoshein contacted the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and requested records on Hash, noting that he was no longer listed in the Florida Crime Information Center database.

On April 21, 2014, Detective Joel Weaver, LCSO, recorded “Since Hash has been emancipated he is no longer considered a runaway. The investigation is being closed and no further investigation is needed,” he said.

While one could argue that Hash’s poster was not taken down as result of error or oversight; evidence strongly suggests the March 19 instructions to remove the poster triggered and intensified attempts by Florida law enforcement to locate Hash.

If true – an FBI investigation should be commenced because state law enforcement resources were being used to hunt him down even after they knew he was an emancipated adult and not missing.

There are other factors.

Alec Hash is a Plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit against the Tallahassee Police Department. His father, Mark Thomas Hash, is a Plaintiff in a lawsuit against the FDLE.

On March 19, 2014, the same day the FDLE was instructed to remove Alec Hash’s missing person poster, somebody using the name “Jackie Cannon” initiated a Facebook conversation with Alec Hash. 'Jackie Cannon' attempted to befriend Alec Hash, asked many questions about his 'missing status', and then asked him to communicate by text, which he refused to do. Law enforcement could have traced his location if he had communicated with text.

These emerging facts about the FDLE using missing person posters to hunt down their personal enemies is alarming. Such a practice is not only illegal, but will dilute the efforts of the NCMEC. 

The practice is essentially the active use of the NCMEC to commit human trafficking.

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