“Most cases our investigators are able to speak to family on site, or if not family, friends who can direct us to family,” Schneider said. “When neither of those options are feasible, we will begin looking to our partners in the community. We might check with the local jails if they had been processed in there which requires them to list next of kin. One of our staff in our office checks with some of the online genetics sites and we have had some success there. We have also utilized the Butler County Veterans Services Office as they will keep a lot of information on veterans who go to them for assistance. Other times law enforcement has been helpful in researching possible next of kin. When all of those efforts turn up no leads, we look to the community to solicit their assistance via The Journal.”
Schneider said in recent years the office has asked for public help in finding next of kin about four or five times.
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“We have had success in most, if not all, of the efforts we have made with the Journal,” he said.
On Friday, one day after the plea was posted the Journal-New website, Schneider said the office has received calls.
“So far, we have not made contact, but there are many promising leads,” he said. “I’m very hopeful that these efforts by the readers will lead to finding Mr. Salo’s family.”