Growing Trend in Police tips: Psychics’ visions treated the same by police as potentially valid tips.

Psychics among hundreds of tipsters in Ayla case

Hundreds of tips have been phoned in to police investigating the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, some of which are coming from people who are calling themselves psychics.

“As of right now, we have received a total of 500 tips — 75 of those have been from psychics,” Deputy Waterville Police Chief Charles Rumsey said Friday. “Each tip we receive — psychic or not — is assigned to an investigator. Contact is made with the person providing the tip, if possible. They follow up on each tip to the extent possible given the specificity of the information provided.”

Psychics claim to have visions of missing people and specific places and offer police tips on where to find missing children. One such psychic from California this week sent the Morning Sentinel a map and a detailed description of his vision of Ayla Reynolds. A reporter went to the site, but there was nothing there.

Rumsey would not comment on the information from the psychic from California or other specific tips.

“I have no personal opinion to share about them and I don’t know the statistics about their reliability in general,” he said.

Source: The Morning Sentinel (Maine)

The story goes on to cite that no psychic tip has ever led directly to solving a case. People in the comments dispute this. You can dispute all you want but IT IS NOT PSYCHICS that solve cases, it’s detective work, tips on facts, and statistics. I am disappointed to hear that the psychics receive as much police time as possible fact-based tips. This is a terrible waste of police time with every self-styled psychic wanting to help. It’s becoming more of a trend.

  3 comments for “Growing Trend in Police tips: Psychics’ visions treated the same by police as potentially valid tips.

  1. kubetsu
    January 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    This isn’t a trend. Police have always given equal time to all potential sources. But yes, it is a waste of police time.

  2. January 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM (article written by Gather)

    And that’s all I have to say about it –

  3. Dave Bauer
    January 4, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    I don’t believe the information has been obtained by supernatural means, and the quotes also don’t suggest the investigators have to believe the information was obtained by supernatural means.

    In this type of situation, the police are trying to solve a crime, and they want to know where a victim is located, and it says “hey follow up on each tip to the extent possible given the specificity of the information provided”. That is, the police have to go on the type of information.

    This bugs me because there is no reason to believe the tipster has magical powers, they still may be providing valid information. ie: they could be genuinely lying about the source of the information, but have valid information. So the police need to seperate the claims. 1) Source of the knowledge, 2) knowledge itself.

    That puts the police in a situation where, if the information is specific enough to warrant an investigation, they have to follow up on it, even if they think the caller is not using magic to obtain the information. If you look at the number of calls, the number of misinformed, lying, or mistaken people is higher than the number of psychics, 500 tips, all wrong, or at least insufficient to solve the case at this point. They all have questionable sources.

    I suspect, in every case, if the claimed psychic DID provide useful information, the police would want to investigate the real source of the tip

    So it is infuriating, but I think as long as the police are treating every tip, based on the information, and not the claims of the tip provider, they are doing the right thing.

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