PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) - Three weeks ago a man disappeared from Plainfield. Besides the police and his family, though his disappearance has caught almost no one's attention.
That's quite a contrast to the story of missing IU student Lauren Spierer. The search for her has sparked a nationwide frenzy. But it's also made some people angry because their search for a missing loved one is going unnoticed.
At 11:45 p.m. May 18, 27-year-old Johnson walked out of the extended stay hotel in Plainfield and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Johnson suffers from seizures and should be on medication - another worry for his family.
"I try to stay positive," said his mom, Ann Smith, starting to cry.
She has struggled to generate public interest in the search for her son.
"We're making phone calls, and he has an aunty in Indianapolis, and she's putting out fliers," Smith said.
On the other hand, there have been hundreds helping with the search for Spierer, and a Facebook page about the search has nearly 30,000 followers and is gaining national attention.
Morgan's family has a Facebook page too, but with little publicity, just over 300 are following it.
Smith said she's not angry, just desparate.
"They've got a force of their own," she said. "And once they're missing, immediately I assume, the media gets involved because IU has to do something."
But Johnson's family is not the only one craving attention for an unsolved case.
Crystal Grubb disappeared from Bloomington last September, and her body was found in a cornfield near the city less than two weeks later. The case remains unsolved, and her mother told a New York newspaper this week that she wished her daughter's case could get more attention.
Lt. Joe Aldridge is investigating Morgan Johnson's disappearance. He said every missing person case is taken seriously by police, but he understands that not every case sparks public interest in the same way.
"[Johnton] is an adult," Aldridge said. "He is allowed to leave on his own free will. It is a little bit different than a juvenile case or a student case."
It might be different to those on the outside, but it's very tough on those left behind to search on their own.
Ann Smith said she tries to remain positive.
"I just believe it will be all right," she said. "He'll show up."
According to the FBI, more than 690,000 people were reported missing last year alone. Fewer than 20,000 of those however, were what is called "involuntary." With numbers like that, most cases don't generate publicity beyond family and friends. And often it's economics. Money and time can help get attention, and keep that attention.
Anyone with information about Morgan Johnson should call the Plainfield Police Department at 317-838-3562. He drives a 1995 white Grand Am.
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