As a child, I loved to watch “Unsolved Mysteries,” hosted by Robert Stack. I enjoyed the stories about missing people the most. I always wondered- Is the missing person watching and will they ever find their family?
Russians also enjoy TV shows about missing people. One show is very popular- “Жди Меня (Wait for Me),” which ranks in the top five shows of Russia. Its website claims the show has found 150,000 people worldwide and 20 percent of the world’s population has seen the show.
This show’s website is a great resource for find missing relatives. To take advantage of this resource, I highly recommend downloading Google Translate for the web browser.
The database of missing people for “Жди Меня” can be searched here. Type the last name in the first line provided for the name search. The name must be written in Russian. A Russian keyboard is linked next to the form for those not using a Russian keyboard.
Also, anyone can submit their missing person story here for review to appear on the TV show and its website. Registration is required for the submission. Users can check the status of their submission. After a certain amount of time, the story expires and must be resubmitted.
Missing people also can be searched here. This website for the TV show also provides a form for submitting a missing person post, which can include a photo of the missing person. The database has more than 305,000 people.
“Жди Меня” has a Facebook page here. Some people have posted information on their missing relatives on this page. So don’t be shy to do the same. The more people who see a missing person post, the higher the chances the right person will find it.
The TV show has an English website here but it has little information. So it is best to use the regular website with Google Translate. “Жди Меня” posted a few of its success story videos in English on the English website.