Group raises awareness of 1,200 missing Missouriansby: Tim Sampson
BY TIM SAMPSON
Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Even though she was just a child at the time, Martha Hamilton can still vividly recall the day her sister went missing.
She remembers playing in the yard with a group of neighborhood kids. She remembers when one of the adults first noticed that her sister was no longer among them. There was a frantic search of the house and then police were quickly called. It’s all still fresh in Hamilton’s mind, even though it took place in 1965.
“She was playing in the yard with some of the older kids in the family, and then suddenly they noticed that Beth was not there,” she said.
Hamilton’s sister, Elizabeth, is the longest currently missing child in the state of Missouri. But even though it’s been 46 years, the pain has never fully gone away.
On Friday, Hamilton shared her sister’s story with dozens of others who’ve endured similar losses, speaking at the fourth annual Missing or Unidentified Persons Awareness Day at the state capitol building.
It’s the product of a group called Missouri Missing, which tries to raise awareness and provide support for families of missing persons. Currently more than 1,200 Missourians are listed as missing or unidentified. Their faces adorned buttons and t-shirts, worn by family members who continue to hope their loved ones will one day be found.
Missouri Missing was first started in 2007 by two mothers who had lost children. Marianne Asher-Chapman’s daughter, Angie, first went missing in 2003. Although Angie’s husband ultimately confessed in 2008 to killing his wife, her body has never been recovered and Asher-Chapman still considers her daughter missing.
Part of the reason Asher-Chapman wanted to start an awareness group for missing persons is the frustration she ran into dealing with investigators. Many missing person cases are left to languish if they are not solved immediately.
“The first three or four years were hideous – hideous,” she said. “The last couple of years we had new investigators that took over. They were wonderful. They helped me a lot. We still don’t have her. She’s still missing, but they work – they worked the case.”
One of the group’s main goals has been to establish June 17 as a day for raising awareness. It’s the day four years ago that the daughter of Peggy Florence, the other founder of the organization, went missing. Gov. Jay Nixon issued an official proclamation to mark the event and Asher-Chapman said that other states have slowly been joining the effort.
“Eight other states last year chose June 17 for their state and it is my hope that someday it will be National Missing and Unidentified Awareness Day,” she said.
To look up information on missing Missourians or to become involved in the organization, visit their website at www.missourimissing.org.
Facebook ID - Jasmine Sue
July 19, 1975
A daughter, sister, and most of all a mother.
My name is Jasmine Sue and I have been missing since June of 2007. I got mixed up and made some bad choices in result of that I was brutally murdered and thrown away. To this day my family still doesn't have any answers and each day as the remember me it brings them pain. Yet they still hope and pray that someday they will be able to put me to peace.
Please help them as it nears the 4 year mark of my disappearance remind everyone that I was a daughter, sister, and most of all a mother. That I have not been forgotten. Please help my children get the closure they need. Facebook page
Foul play suspected in Haslag case07.18.2007http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=41186
Foul play is now being suspected by the Cole County Sheriff's Department in the disappearance of Jasmine Haslag.
Haslag was last seen a month ago when she was going to Bland, Mo., to pick up her children. Her vehicle was recovered by the Callaway County Sheriff's Department in a wooded area off of highway 94.
Jefferson City Area Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information can call (573) 659-8477 or go to http://www.jeffcitycrimestoppers.com
Full Name: Jasmine Sue Haslag
Maiden Name: Martelli, Florence
Hair Color: Brown, Possibly Blonde
Eye Color: Hazel
Weight: 115lbs, Slender Build
The last time Jasmine was in contact with her family was on the 17th of June '07. It is said that she was last seen on the 18th of June '07. Her car was found abandoned in Callaway County on the 20th of June '07.
Cole and Callaway Countys are seeking information on the disappearance of Jasmine Haslag. If you have any information, please call any of the following numbers: Cole County Sheriff's Department at
Callaway County Sheriff's Department at
Or by submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers at
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
pierced ears, missing molars, burn scars on
inside of both forearms, previously broken forearm.
Details of Disappearance
Jasmine was last seen at approximately 12:00pm at her residence in the 13000 block Minnie St. in Russellville, MO. Jasmine was scheduled to pick up her children the following day in Bland, Missouri. Her vehicle was later found abandoned on Rt PP of Hwy 94 in Callaway County across the Missouri River.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Cole County Sheriff's Department
National Center for Missing Adults
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