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Media spotlight can be sparse for missing persons

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -

The disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer has drawn the glare of media attention, but a newspaper says that's the exception rather than the rule in missing persons cases.

The Indianapolis Star reports that most of the hundreds of thousands who go missing each year vanish without a peep of publicity. Only a fraction are missing for more than a few days, but they have to compete for finite media coverage, the scrutiny of overworked police and fickle public attention.

The Star says the loved ones who want to find them often discover that what makes the news can depend on race, class and social status.

For most missing persons' families, the void of attention is a private ordeal.

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