Last Seen Alive

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 13 NOVEMBER - Sea­son 1 e.tv (*194) 18:05 Re­al­ity

The first 48 hours after a per­son goes miss­ing are the most cru­cial, but that’s also how long you have to wait be­fore re­port­ing them as miss­ing. In re­al­ity docu-series Last Seen Alive (2014-cur­rent), sto­ries of miss­ing per­sons are re­told, start­ing at the place they were last seen. While some have happy end­ings, oth­ers end in un­known tragedy with the hopes of one day be­ing solved.

On Last Seen Alive, 12 fam­i­lies chase leads and in­ter­view po­ten­tial wit­nesses while trav­el­ling across the US hop­ing for a re­union with their miss­ing rel­a­tives. “View­ers have al­ways been moved by sto­ries of fam­i­lies des­per­ate to find miss­ing loved ones, some­times after decades of an­guished search­ing,” says Kevin Ben­nett, the gen­eral man­ager of In­ves­ti­ga­tion Dis­cov­ery, the orig­i­nal chan­nel that com­mis­sioned the show in 2014. “Last Seen Alive af­fords ID the rare op­por­tu­nity to make a pro­found im­pact on re­cent miss­ing-per­sons in­ves­ti­ga­tions, us­ing our na­tional plat­forms on air and on­line to bring much-needed at­ten­tion to on­go­ing cases,” he adds.

The six episodes in the sea­son do share a sim­i­lar­ity though – the women and men who’re miss­ing ap­pear to have left vol­un­tar­ily, with the ex­cep­tion of 15-year-old Ali Low­itzer (episode 3, 27 Novem­ber), who’s be­lieved to have been ab­ducted get­ting off a bus, and 52-year-old school­teacher Jef­frey (episode 4, 4 De­cem­ber) who went out for a jog in his neigh­bour­hood and never came back.

The series pre­mieres tonight with the story of Scar­lett DeLoach, who van­ished in the mid­dle of the night. A fran­tic search for her teen daugh­ter leads Scar­lett’s mom Lisa to a sad dis­cov­ery. “I still have my mo­ments where I feel jeal­ous and an­gry, but my ques­tion was an­swered,” says Lisa.

Scar­lett DeLoach is one of the miss­ing peo­ple.

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