July 1st, 2007

D is for Daegaer by rymenhild

Missing persons after two decades

Time: Modern day

I'm writing a fic where one character wants to try to find the family of another. He knows where Character B is, and is essentially trying to return him to his family after an accident. As far as he knows, Character B (who can tell him nothing) is an American citizen who was kidnapped as a child, some twenty years previously. Character A thinks that it's possible missing persons records might help, but he has no idea where in the USA Character B is from, he is not related to Character B, and he doesn't know if Character B was ever reported missing in the first place. I'm perfectly happy to accept that this is a doomed idea of Character A's that will garner no leads, but I'd like to have him make a stab at it.

Is there a USA-wide government or other organisation he should contact? Are there any obvious first steps he needs to make? He has some money, but not a great deal, and can get one reasonable favour from a law enforcement agency, due to contacts in his home country.

ETA: Google searches I've made suggest that the Salvation Army would perhaps be a good place to start, but for cultural, language and other reasons, Character A probably hasn't heard of them and wouldn't be inclined to get in touch.
NCIS Abby cute

Amnesia

I have a character that needs to have a condition or injury that will go kind of like this:

She needs to not remember the past few years of her life. She remembers who she is and everything else fine, she's just lost a few years somehow.

This condition or injury also needs to be something that surgery can POSSIBLY fix, though it's not a certainty. She doesn't need the surgery to survive (or at least she doesn't need surgery in the near future), and the surgery that could maybe help her memory is also potentially very risky, so her loved ones don't want her to go through with it.

And in fact after she does have the surgery, she still has the amnesia. (This will be modern times and a modern hospital.)

It doesn't matter if it's a brain injury from an accident, or if it's a brain tumor; it just needs to cause amnesia and be potentially fixable with a risky semi-elective surgery.

I've googled and wiki'd amnesia and tumors and the best I can come up with is a low-grade glioma which might do the trick. Does anybody have any ideas?