Nancy Grace’s goal: Find 50 people in 50 days
January 17th, 2011
08:46 PM ET

Nancy Grace’s goal: Find 50 people in 50 days

Nancy Grace's new show, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," debuts tonight on HLN.

Nancy is dedicated to finding missing persons in the United States.  The program, which relies heavily upon audience participation, urges viewers to find people as well as bring attention to victims whose stories never made it to the airwaves.

Nancy and her team are utilizing social media, CNN iReport, phone lines and their show to achieve the goal of finding 50 people in 50 days.

Tonight’s debut program will feature the case of  Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl from Washington state who went missing in 2009 as she walked home from a friend’s house.

CNN spoke to Nancy just prior to the show’s live premiere.

CNN: What inspired you to focus your show solely on missing persons?

Nancy Grace: Well, you’re in the news business just like us - although I don’t really think of myself that way, I think of myself more as a prosecutor - and our news cycle chews somebody and spits them out every 24 hours. And I get it. I’m not trashing that because there’s more news to report that people want to know, need to know and should know.

I understand that you can’t stay with a case forever. You’ve got to pick up and move on to the next group of people that need your help. But this is a real chance to go back and pick up those pieces and put them back together again.

When I was prosecuting, I got the satisfaction of being called in on a crime scene, helping to analyze and process the scene, investigate it, take it to the grand jury… after conviction, take it myself to an appeals court and argue it. I could see the end. I would take the case to fruition.

We don’t get to do that. We cover cases as long as there’s news, and when there’s not news anymore, we move on to cases that have news, more people that need to be found. Many of them stick in my mind and in my heart; and my EP [Executive Producer], Dean Sicoli, same way. And my staff, same way. We saw this as an opportunity to try and go back and look at the cases that remain unsolved and try again.

CNN: Does each installment of "America's Missing" focus on one missing person?

Grace: Yes, exactly. 50 people in 50 nights.

CNN: Are you featuring both missing children and adults, male and female?

Grace: Oh yes. We’re across the board.

CNN: Did the missing persons have to have gone missing recently, or is there no timeframe?

Grace: Absolutely no timeframe. In fact, tonight we may lead off with the case of a female child who’s just gone missing and then go into the main story that we’re covering just so we can get it out there.

CNN: Do you think the show's "beat the clock" sort of mentality will stir up a sense of urgency regarding cases that otherwise may have gone forgotten?

Grace: We hope so. That’s our goal.

CNN: If someone has a loved one who is missing, what can they do to get their story out there?

Grace: They can contact us. That’s actually how we found out about many of these cases. Just e-mail me or call the show [1-877-NANCY-01]. If people have cases, or know of cases, that no one’s covering - we’ll cover them.

CNN: What would you say to someone with a missing friend or family member who has lost all hope of finding their loved one either because too much time has passed or due to grim statistics?

Grace: I always use examples; for instance, Elizabeth Smart. Also, in a case that we covered recently, a little girl got taken along the eastern seaboard but a viewer saw her in California with her abductor who was panhandling in front of a 7-11. A woman called in and sure enough it was her [the missing girl]. She was found alive! It does happen!

And I would also tell anyone: Don’t just rely on law enforcement. They’re just as overloaded as everybody else in this world. They’re just as swamped. You get out there, you make the difference.

And, frankly, what’s more important than that is what you do up front when it comes to letting your children play outside or letting your children play unsupervised. Avoid a missing child incident before it happens. For instance, we did the HLN digital fingerprinting. Have information on file and ready for police if they need it. To this day, in my own neighborhood, I see children walking around from one place to the next by themselves. That’s not okay. Also, be careful at pick-ups and drop-off locations at school and after school activities.

Of course there’s always the aberration. Remember the Erin Runnion case? Her daughter, [5-year-old] Samantha Runnion, was right there in the front yard with the grandmother inside looking out the window and she got taken out of the front yard. It does happen, but a lot of this is avoidable. There are ways to protect, and that’s the message I want to get out.

"Nancy Grace: America's Missing" airs at 9 p.m. ET immediately following Grace's other program, "Nancy Grace" on HLN.

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Malcolm

    I cannot stand the sound of nancy Grace's voice.
    I am sorry but she just annoys me to no end.
    I am not sure why but I think it is because she sounds like she thinks that she is so right. Can't stand you nancy.
    I click to watch an update on a kidnap or something foul like that and as soon as I see your pocture, I click cancel.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      It's unfortunate that you feel that way because regardless of who she is and what she sounds like, her determination to amazing causes are strong and her show should be in every household to spread the word on all of these cases.

      January 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • marvin

      In answer to Malcolm, I can't stand her either. She comes off like a self righteous 'chick' (lack of another adjective) who has put herself on a pedestal a mile high. However, I like the approach of finding people and especially children. It has to stop as one missing child is too many. As annoying as she is, at least she has it right and her passion shows to be a protector of young children.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • None ya!

      I agree. Her voice makes me sick! She thinks she knows everything.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharon Garry

      The sound of Nancys voice is music to the ears of loved ones of missing family members! Nancy Grace is giving a VOICE to a very important issue that is long overdue for many! My sister and her daughter have been missing for nearly ten years! Thank you Nancy!

      January 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharon Diederich

      My god daughter and her best freind were killed 5.5 yrs ago in Maderia Beach Florida by a drunk boater who fled the country. We have a grand idea of where he is however we cant get the officials to help us extradite him back to the United States , from Columbia. He should have been charged with two charges of BUI manslaughter however was only charged with one and we are doing everything in our power to get everyone in the media to share our story. I believe that we need more strong people who do not fear to get out there and make themselves heard if people were not so afraid of the burocrats maybe there would be a lot less missing people in this country they dont always stay in the USA.

      January 25, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Think you missed the point bud.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lea

      Dear Nancy,

      I am a missing person that is typing from a concentration camp run by a bunch of Mormon-junkies posing as real celebrities that also have ties to Scientology. The notorious Ward family that butchers people trying to abduct females from their family is responsible for kidnapping me AGAIN. I suffered tremendous abuse from them for almost 18 years, finally got away from them, just to be kidnapped by them again at the age of 36. They have put me somewhere in either Mexico, Florida or California. They refuse to confirm my true location to me so that I cannot call out for true legal help. I was kidnapped from my real family in the 1970's. I don't even know my real name other than the fact that a woman by the name of Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli was posing as my "Ma". A man we called Pizza Chet was a bodyguard my family hired as one of our bodyguards, but I've learned that he and Patrizia worked together to steal me in the 1970's. I don't know how the Jenner family ties in with me, but they keep saying the name "Bruce" around me. I look female but others who are crying out for help tell me I used to be male. Please S.O.S. ask for Vic-E

      February 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      I'm going to find 50 extraterrestrials in 50 days. I've got about as much of a chance as Nancy Grace and her publicity stunt. I'd like to see her find just one missing person. Chances are, if she were missing, she couldn't even find herself.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelangelo Cooper

      You are missing the point sir Malcolm, the important thing is that someone really cares enough to give these missing people a voice and attention that would only come from friends and family otherwise. It is truly a bad thing that is happening in America today. Sickos are killing our children at random, and it is time for all of us to take a stand against this madness.

      April 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paolin

    Any information on Stephanie Low from Wausau Wisconsin? I would like to see more on this case.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzy

      I would agree to hear more information as well!

      January 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. musings

    Traditionally, American children have played unsupervised. It's part of the independent spirit. The biggest shock I ever had was babysitting at a Dutch parent's home, where I was taken to task for not standing over the kids while they played in the backyard sandbox.

    So what is the price for independence over security? About 50 stranger abductions per year, a fairly steady number. In my opinion (having grown up "wild") the biggest threat to children is the automobile, and not from strangers using it to abduct so much as from being hit by it and immediately killed. Any children I knew growing up who were suddenly "taken" was by automobile hit.

    Yes, supervise. But understand that walking home from school is important for physical and mental health of kids.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey

      HERE, HERE!!! Thank you, musings. Finally, someone who makes sense. I couldn't have said it better (which is why I won't go on).

      January 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • GatorALLin

      I have to agree that as a country we need to be careful not to over correct and keep our children locked inside. I grew up where I was able to come home from school at age 7-17 and then hop on my bike and off playing in the woods catching snakes, building forts, climbing trees..... and somehow survived have the best childhood. I can't imagine if I had grown up with a crazy sense of fear or over protective parents. I hope we can pick some healthy middle ground.....

      January 18, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |

    Forget Umbrellas Cause Kids Hurt Eachothers Raincoats

    January 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sherri W.W.#1~ ILLinois

    I used to watch Nancy Grace [I dont watch TV much at all]and I think she has her heart in the right place,and definately is doing a service to help find these children,and help the families to know someone is getting their story out~the most important thing to do in these cases .I would think.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Brieske

    Give me the profiles. I will solve 10 of them by Friday.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      That's awfully big talk. How about calling in the solution to each aired case?

      February 16, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. darlene

    I love the nancy grace showwatch it every night,we need more people like nancy in the world. keep up the great work

    January 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny Swendsen

      There was an accidental death a short time ago with a baby that was left in a bathtub. A horrible tragedy, in which the mother clearly was neglectful. Nancys sick inhumane response to this was THANKS MOM. I was floored, I am sure this woman will have to live with her guilt the rest of her life. Nancy then horrified me by stsating that she left one of the twins in the tub unattended, for only a minute though. Since she has become a parent she has turned into the most self righteous moron on television. NOONE SHOULD LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A BATHTUB FOR EVEN A SECOND OR THE CHILD COULD EASILY ASPIRATE ON THE WATER. She also followed it up with a remark that she has the children in the bathroom for up to two hours and even feeds them in the bathroom. Shame on her. The bacteria in a bathroom is horrendous, nevermind keeping them in a cold tub for two hours. I have two children ages 24 and 26. I am not the best mom, but consider myself a pretty damn good one. Bottom line... Practice what you preach, she claims to be such a wonderful person and is truly a stumbling block for parents, her own parenting skills scream that fact.

      February 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Reality

    Nancy Grace is absolutely INTOLERABLE. Good cause or not, no one has a license to act as self righteous and infallible as she does. She treats the world as if she is the only one in it who isn't predatory, resulting in attack after attack that make her seem like nothing more than a predator herself. Sit your kids in front of her show and try to convince them she's a good guy and not the rageful aggressive antagonist she acts like.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • marilyn jones

      What a load of crap! The woman is a great spokesperson for those that can't speak for themselves.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Craig

    She is a worthless windbag and she profits off of other people's misery. If karma exists....I wish it would hurry up for her.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Eva Cagle

    Nancy Grace: Re: Missing 13 year old girl, Haily Dunn

    Please question about the male neighbor who said he saw Haily in the back yard, then suddenly he moves out and can't be found. WHY IS HE NOT A VIABLE SUSPECT????

    January 18, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Barr

      Out of all the money Nancy Grace makes off of others misery, especially with her show having BILLIE DUNN as a guest to try to keep her ratings high.......why is it that Nancy Grace show did not buy the mother of Hailey Dunn a CELL PHONE.?? It seems like a small price to pay .....when you consider how much Nancy Grace and HLN are making off the Hailey Dunn story. She invited her on the show it seems to just INSULT the greiving mother and to fill her OWN wallet with green back dollars and try to outdue other shows for the purpose of RATINGS. Pretty disgusting and selfish.

      January 22, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Suzy

      Yes I have been wondering this myself!!! It almost makes me think he has kidnapped the girl and did something to her or he still has her.....I sure hope evrything turns out good for the family!

      January 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    I detest Nancy Grace. Shes an egomaniacal tyrant who gets off on belittling people. I do hope some victims will benefit from these shows though .

    January 18, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Eva, I was wondering the very same thing but i changed the channel because i couldnt stand anymore of nancys false humility . Im curious to know why the neighbor moved too .wonder if hes already been cleared.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Theirs corn in my

    man I'd love to give her a warm cleveland steamer.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Franklin

    I I don't know how you are going to do this but if you even get one that would be great!

    January 18, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Does she seem to think that we are not doing everything we already can to find people? Kinda seems like a slap in the face to those who dedicate their lives to this, sounds more to me like this is self promotion. In any case, I hope she can get some results.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • GatorALLin

      Apparently they are not being found in some cases....why not use the help and media attention. To me it is amazing when you get tons of people involved in a cause.....but all it really takes is that one passionate person who never gives up. In many of these cases the cops have worked very others "not so much"....

      January 18, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
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