Our indefatigable callers continue to call the police, public guardians, and adult protective services of other cities in the west. About a quarter of these calls are exercises in banging one's head against the wall - the shear lack of compassion that some people exhibit is enough to make you give up on humanity altogether - however, another quarter are people that take their own initiative to share the information broadly and truly try their best to help.
Nancy's father read an article in the Los Angeles Times about how they are putting more resources into crews that "cleanup" homeless encampments. He had the idea that we should get the information about Nancy out to these crews, so I reached out to the department head of LA County for this, and he took an interest and promised to bring it up to his staff for suggestions (I also left him with about 800 business cards with Nancy's information - one side English, one side Spanish).
We continue to try to get MediCal to look at their records. To recap, the LA Fraud Investigation unit has been doing queries for us for months. However, they changed how they did the queries to make it less time consuming. Since they changed the query, they have had no candidates. (This makes some of us that have worked with databases before quite concerned that the query needs to be tweaked). We have tried to get the same thing going at the state level, but so far our efforts along these lines appear to show a lack of understanding and/or coordination with the LA group.
As I mentioned last time, we are working to create a postcard for another mailing. We are working on getting a good-looking, eye-catching card with the right information, and to create a better mailing list (targeting care facilities).
Here is the type of database query I mentioned in the first paragraph:
|Common Database Field
Subjects with the first name Nancy
Any substitute name your institution might use for a Jane Doe
|Social Security Number
||Query based on what would be in the filed if
888-88-8888 (Any SSN that starts with an 8 or 9 is "invalid")
|Date of Birth
||If DoB is unknown, 01/01/xxxx is often put
in, with xxxx representing the best guess for a birth year.
Looking from 1955 to 1965 should cover it
An effective "fast query" could combine a couple of these ideas, for example, patients with the first name Nancy and date of birth 01/01/xxxx - if you get candidates, then look further for the date of admission, etc.
|Date of Admission/encounter
||October 15, 2016 through the present date
||If any candidates are found using the above
information, or based on your own ideas, Paulikas physical
description is: |
Caucasian; Female; 5'7"; 140 Lbs (at time of disappearance);