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Examining how missing persons cases are handled

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One week ago, the bodies of America Lyden, Ernestine Ryans, and Kayla Escalante were found and the search for answers is underway.

Both Lyden and Ryans were reported missing, while Escalante was not.

These cases are anything but easy.

The investigation has continued on Page Boulevard for a week and there is still so much left to be learned.

Families are consumed with grief over the loss of three women.

Lyden, Escalante, and Ryans were found dead in and around the home at 1333 Page Boulevard last week.

Lyden’s family recalls her gentle and kind spirit.

"She was a person that was full of life, had lots of love within to give, and unfortunately, she won’t be able to do that anymore," said Angela Rodriguez, Lyden's cousin.

Lyden’s family reported her missing back in December.

"My sister suffered from the moment she came into this world.  It’s not fair.  It needs to get pushed more.  Missing persons reports get thrown out there.  They need to really seriously push it more,"  Rodriguez added.

There are countless missing persons cases in the United States every year.

Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh told Western Mass News that there were 1,270 reports of missing juveniles investigated by the force in 2017.  There were also 274 missing persons reports for adults.

Walsh added that many of these reports were the same person, but on different occasions.

Right now, there are 122 missing persons in Massachusetts listed on the National Institute of Justice registry.

There are two reported in Franklin County, nine reported in Hampden County, and three in Hampshire County.

However, this is far from a perfect system and does not account for all cases.

Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk told Western Mass News that cases like these are difficult.

"Our detectives investigate all those leads and we also use our social media platforms to get the photo and information out the the general public as soon as possible," Wilk said.

A week ago, two missing persons cases were solved at 1333 Page Boulevard.

Both Lyden and Ryans were reported missing and ultimately, their cases came to a tragic end.

The investigation into these deaths is still unfolding.

The scene is largely cleared today and the D.A.’s office told us police were in Westfield today as part of their work on this case.

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