The number of people dying every day in the United States has reached record levels, but it’s hard to tell how many of them are being killed by the government or others.
Now CBS News is asking: Are you aware that there is a trend of people who are dead for a long time being reported as being “missing”?
The answer is a resounding no.
What’s more, it appears that the number of Americans dying every year is rising at a rate that’s well above the national average.
But how many people are actually missing?
And how many are actually dead?
The story is the focus of a new CBS News investigation.
We’ve identified the people who’ve died and how many more are unaccounted for.
We also spoke with experts who are working to find those who are, and how we can find out if those people are alive.
This is a story that’s been in the works for years, but we now know it’s coming to light thanks to the work of investigative journalist Robert Costa, and the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The story begins in October, 2009.
The week before, two women in Florida were found dead in a parking lot.
One had a history of mental illness.
The other had been missing for two months.
The coroner’s office ruled their deaths to be homicides, but the police had no idea they were missing for more than a year.
Costa followed up on the case, interviewing family members and friends.
He found that both women had been working at the same salon, which he said “would be a great place to hide a body.”
Costa asked for the names of the two women, and found that they had gone missing from the same place.
He also found out that the woman was living in South Carolina with a husband, a young child and a stepdaughter.
The man was the owner of the salon, and his wife was the salon’s cashier.
The woman had worked there for four years, Costa found, and was a devoted mother.
The two had dated for a year before they disappeared, and both were last seen in the salon in October.
The couple had recently moved into the salon to take care of their two children.
The salon was located in a residential neighborhood in Miami, where they had lived for three years.
According to police, the salon owner was in possession of a firearm, and police found three guns and several drugs inside his car.
Police also found cocaine in the car, which had been hidden in a brown paper bag.
The police report says that when the woman arrived at the salon for work the day of her death, she was wearing a white shirt, black pants and white shoes.
She had not been seen since the morning of Oct. 11.
She was last seen wearing a red polo shirt, white shirt and blue jeans.
The day before her death police found her purse and a cell phone at her apartment in South Miami.
The purse was wrapped in a black tarp.
The car she was in was located outside a nearby condo complex.
The phone was inside a white bag.
Two days after her death in South Florida, the body of a woman was found in a pond on a Miami Beach beach.
The cause of death was determined to be a combination of a heroin overdose and strangulation.
The body was discovered by a jogger who saw it floating in the water.
Her clothes were partially wrapped around her body.
It was not known if she had been in an accident.
Two months after her murder, the family of another woman in Miami discovered her body in the same pond.
The autopsy showed that the body was still alive, but she had overdosed on heroin and other drugs.
The Florida State Attorney’s office charged the man who found her with second-degree murder.
The case was later dismissed because the victim was too intoxicated to consent to an autopsy.
But police were still looking for the man, and a neighbor told police that he told her that he had been staying with the woman’s boyfriend at the time of her murder.
When police searched his apartment, they found a large amount of cocaine.
At the time, the police believed the cocaine was the result of a drug deal gone bad.
Police later arrested and charged the boyfriend with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
The boyfriend was not charged in connection with the case.
On Nov. 2, 2010, another woman was discovered dead in Miami Beach.
The medical examiner determined that she died from a heroin or heroin-induced overdose, and she had died of a cocaine overdose.
She also had an unknown amount of methamphetamine in her system.
Her name is being withheld pending the outcome of a toxicology test.
On the morning she was found, the victim’s car was found on a side street, in the middle of the street, with its tires slashed.
She’d been there for nearly an hour.
A neighbor who called police said she was a homeless woman who was in need of medical attention.