Be sure to keep us posted Brett! Ian is such a nice guy. I chatted with him a couple of times in New Orleans. I hope he turns up alright soon.
I'm not intending to be insensitive, and hopefully not ignorant, buy who is Ian Turner?
Regardless, I hope this story has a happy ending.
He is a moderator here
he was on his way back from the conference and has yet to appear, we are all worried
His profile says: "Last Post: June 30, 2005".
How can one see the last post?
It would be interesting to see since it would be less than 48 hours if it is true.
i hope this finally be a happy end.
By the way, the last edit by him on WW is on Last Post: June 30, 2005 as per his profile here.
That's his wife.
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I hope he turns up alright soon.
Wish him all the best and hope he turns up and safe and allright. Kudos to all the WW team for trying to help in this tough situation.
There is at least something we can do.
Could you try to get something more like a passport photo of Ian, along with a basic description and timneline of events? I would be happy to put a missing person notice on every page of all my sites. Perhaps you could run up a contact form here that we could link to.
There is alot of information going on here: [threadwatch.org...]
All the best from me and I'm trying to help as good as possible.
There is a lot of posting going on at that link (threadwatch) but it seems even the most basic information is lacking at this point. No one seems to know if if he actually boarded a plane in New Orleans. That seems to be a crucial bit of information in terms of where to look for him. Hopefully that will be clarified in the near future.
wow.... hope all is well and my best to his family
I'd like to suggest we keep this thread focused and open just for facts and information that will help in the search for Ian.
1. Has Ian's image been broadcast by local television?
2. What efforts have been made to get his image and a missing person's notice broadcast? What results?
3. If there's not uptake by local media to do this voluntarily then I propose we consider buying a few 15 second spots and running an ad in the local papers. Anyone know the cost? Perhaps WW can open a PayPal fund of some kind for contributions to the media buy?
4. Let me know what I can do to help. Time is of the essence. I wish we could come up with a way to place place as many eyes and ears on the ground in New Orleans with an image of Ian in their hand asking questions. I'm prepared to make a contribution to any organization that would spend a day on the street posting missing persons posters.
5. Consistent with #4 - is there a company in New Orleans that is in the business of placing posters for campaigns, etc.? Will the laws permit the posting of missing persons posters?
6. Has the person/company behind NewOrleans.com - who helped sponsor the event - been contacted? Does that person/company have local connections?
7. Has it been confirmed that all local hospitals have been sent an image and contact info for Ian?
8. If NewOrleans.com has a list of local taxi companies has an image of Ian been broadcast to them? Again, if a fund is set up, a contribution to NewOrleans.com - for their aid in this matter - would be in order.
In the course of my law practice and as a local mayor I've had enough contact with law enforcement to confirm that there's simply not enough resources to go around. Therefore, I would not place my hope on the local police but rather on "numbers": More people, being alerted and asked, etc.
Is it possible for WebmasterWorld to email everyone at the conference - I assume you have a email list for it, that you originally had for marketing purposes.
Some attendees may not have read about Ian's disappearance. Contacting the lot in one fell swoop may get to some that do not know.
Someone with influence here should call on the Fox News, MSNBC, CNN etc. and exert some emotion to an editor or two.
They would take it.
I suggest CNN as they are headquartered in Atlanta and they will note the "regional" bent here.
I wish the man and his family the best possible outcome!
Brett, can you open a WW PayPal account, call it the "Find Ian Fund" and put up a link?
I sense the passing of time works against us. If Ian's image is not on the streets, in the local newspaper and on the television let's at least get that done by buying the coverage - immediately.
I see someone in the UK registered IanTurner.com. Is it 'our' Ian? Can someone post his picture and details, so the website address can also be broadcast on local radio? The same website info can be added to posters, etc.
I'd like to think that if anyone can get this done - of saturating the necessary 'market' with detailed info - it's this crowd. This is marketing and advertising of a much higher importance. There's got to be enough talent here to make a difference.
Is there anything more we need to know about possible explanations for his disappearance? Was he depressed? Was he looking for anything in particular in New Orleans? (Jazz club? Cigars? Art?) Has anything remotely akin to this ever happened before? I don't mean to pry - I mean to be effective if there's anything I might do to help. We all don't need to know but my heart goes out to his family and, in a pinch, I'm prepared to travel and organize a 'search party' if that would make a difference. I'm guessing that wouldn't be as effective as using all of our other skills in 'getting the word out'.
Hope I've not offended anyone.
Webwork - Ian's wife has requested that this not go to the media. Also, she wants all contacts to be through the UK police. Although it forces things to move more slowly, those are her choices (ADDED -at least as I read from her posts elsewhere - I don't know her and have had no contact with her.)
It would be easy to make contacts in New Orleans and get publicity for this - a missing conventioneer in a city built on tourism is big news, I assure you. But is he even missing here? Or in Atlanta? The intitial news was that he missed his connecting flight in Atlanta. I imagine the UK police are sorting all of that out, and hopefully solid information to focus the search for him will be forthcoming.
Thought for a moment I might have something, but it turned out it wasn't Ian. Atlanta Med Center Hospital has a "John Doe" guy in their Intensive Care Unit that they have no info on. I described Ian to them from his photo, but after some checking they said it doesn't sound like the guy they have. I left my number with them just in case.
One thing I know: Off duty and retired police will do leg work for reasonable rates.
Who has the New Orleans connections?
I apologize for being forward - I know I'm not in charge here - but let me suggest that the person(s) who are leading the charge contact the local police, ask for the "duty sergeant" (or equivalent) for every precinct you can get a number for, and ask if there's any officers that are available for performing after hours work. I've had success in this approach when I've had to make service of lawsuit papers on persons in other States that were evading service of process.
Also, local law firms will usually have contact in the local police departments with officers who can perform after hours private investigator type work. Again, their rates are often more reasonable than those who hold themselves out as full-time private eyes. This is supplemental income for off duty officers and they often appreciate the chance to make a few extra dollars doing what comes naturally - sometimes all the more when "it's personal".
I keep reading that he "missed his connecting flight in Atlanta." Do we know for sure that he actually left New Orleans? That would certainly narrow things down tremendously.
[edited by: jk3210 at 2:05 pm (utc) on July 1, 2005]
>>I apologize for being forward - I know I'm not in charge here
Webwork - you may want to re-check my post.
>>Do we know for sure that he left New Orleans?
jk3210 - same advice.
[edited by: Mardi_Gras at 2:05 pm (utc) on July 1, 2005]
Okay. I'll stop posting. Sorry if I've been too forward.
If I might be of any benefit, in what or who I know, please contact me.
> Do we know for sure that he actually left New Orleans?
No we don't.
The main thing is for anyone with any information that may be helpful, to to contact the authorities with that information. After that, we can just be available to do anything the family or authorities ask us to do.
Maybe an email could be sent to all who participated in the WW Conference?
that is being done now.
How about go through your business cards folks, contact everyone you know that attended, make sure they know he is missing. This way, we might be able to find the right person who knows something.
Edit--- okay, Brett.
I wish Ian well and hope that he turns up alright and safe.
However, I saw the picture of Ian today on top right corner of Forum30.
I didnīt click on it until now. I read "Missing: Ian Turner" and thought that it was just an ad created as such by one of the smart SEO/marketers to trigger clicks.
Maybe its only me. But I wish to suggest a fixed no post thread with subject "Have you seen IanTurner?" on top of the threads of each of the forums at WebmasterWorld.com so that as many fellow members as possible would read it.
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