Missing Persons Poster

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Due to the elusive nature of SCP-XXXX, containment is currently ongoing. When discovered, it is to be torn down, burned, and its ashes collected to put in storage locker Z12-1872 at Site 12. Subjects affected by the poster, hereby referred to as SCP-XXXX-1, are to be held in containment under constant surveillance until the effects of SCP-XXXX take place.
Any paper objects near SCP-XXXX are to be removed or destroyed, preventing contact between them. If, for testing purposes, paper is allowed to come in contact with SCP-XXXX, it is to be destroyed in the same manner and put into containment.

Item Description: SCP-XXXX is a gold-bordered and weathered missing persons poster, usually posted in a public area in line of sight. Every time a new instance of SCP-XXXX appears, the single subject of the poster changes to a resident of the nearby area that happens to frequent the space in front of the SCP. If the subject glances at the picture on the poster, they will come under the effects of SCP-XXXX and have 24 hours until they are inexplicably found missing.

Any and all non-anomalous beings present during SCP-XXXX-1's disappearance will always break the target's line of sight, then will not move, and subsequently will lose all memories of any events leading up to SCP-XXXX-1's disappearance. All attempts to move or speak to those affected have proven unsuccessful. Any cameras focused upon the subject suddenly lose the picture, either through static, intense loss of focus, or shorts in the wires. Cameras placed on the subject also lose picture, but will soon recover signal, revealing (see document SCP-XXXX-1). Motion sensors appear to be the only device able to stay online. They will display readings of a single entity, dubbed SCP-XXXX-2, that will approach the subject.

When SCP-XXXX-2 reaches the subject, no movement will be captured for 13.5 seconds. During this time, no sound or indications of life can be observed from the area. After the time frame elapses, all electronic failures not related to physical damage will correct themselves. Upon re-stabilization, all evidence of SCP-XXXX-1 and SCP-XXXX-2 will have vanished.

So far, no instance of SCP-XXXX-1 has returned, or been successfully located. Task force Bloodhound has been assigned to locating these instances, but due to lack of progress, has been downsized and the project has been lowered in priority. Occasionally, anonymous tips may come in describing the missing person, however, when triangulated, the call will originate from a location without a working phone; these areas include abandoned warehouses, the middle of streets, and the Mariana Trench.

It seems that the effects of SCP-XXXX are not limited to non-anomalous entities. For a list of testing procedures and results, see addendum A-1 through 3.

SCP-XXXX cannot be destroyed by simple means, it must be disposed of as detailed above. If it is disposed of in any conventional means; such as simply burning, ripping, cutting, or crumpling into a ball, SCP-XXXX will immediately begin to reform, and all paper that comes into contact with it will, over the course of 3 hours transform into a new copy of the poster. The copy will have a new subject, one that fits the original criteria of SCP-XXXX. In the case of such an event, the surrounding area up to 50 meters must be searched for the new subject, and class A amnestics are to be administered to any witnesses.

SCP-XXXX does not appear to have a limit to how many reproductions can occur at one time. Failure to destroy or contain copies of SCP-XXXX could lead to infinite replication, potentially culminating into an XK-class scenario.