Voice Platform and Support Network for Families of Missing and Victims of Crime
Time: May 19, 2012 from 2pm to 7pm
Location: DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Street: 303 Monroe Ave NW
City/Town: Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Website or Map: https://www.facebook.com/even…
Event Type: michigan’s, missing, persons, day, may, 19, at, devos, place, in, grand, rapids
Organized By: Sara Huizenga
Latest Activity: May 10, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Last year, a Detroit woman was reunited with her daughter in Grand Rapids after the state’s first Michigan’s Missing Persons Day at Ford Field.
Organizers hope to solve other such cases at a second event May 19 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.
There are 3,000 reports of missing people in Michigan, and 100,000 nationwide.
“Some call that the ‘silent mass disaster,’” state police detective Sarah Krebs said this morning. “All these people unaccounted for. Where did these people go?”
Krebs spoke at a press conference at DeVos Place announcing the upcoming event. Police are hoping that family and friends of missing people will attend the ceremony, and give police the chance to update databases with new technology, including DNA.
DNA can be compared to remains of about 40,000 nationwide.
Online profiles of those missing can also be added to a nationwide database available to police and the public.
People can also provide information to police in old cases, or report new cases.
During the Detroit event, 500 attended, including families of 42 missing people. Police were able to find four of the missing people who were still alive. Police were also able to end decades-long mysteries for others by linking DNA to remains on file.
About half of the families of the missing people had not reported their loved ones missing until they showed up at the event, said state police Lt. Chris McIntire, in charge of the Rockford post.
The event in Grand Rapids runs from 2-7 p.m., with volunteers asked to show up at 1 p.m.
Free child identification kits will also be available so that parents can have fingerprints of their children.
The hope is to raise awareness of the issue and impact of missing people. Family and friends of those missing will be recognized, with a candlelight vigil at the close of the ceremony.
Those who have missing family or friends are encouraged to bring photographs, dental records and radiographs to update digital databases. They will be scanned on-site and returned immediately. Families can wear memorial t-shirts of loved ones, or bring posters to display.
Organizers asked family members to wear yellow.
Family members are asked to pre-register to help commemorate missing loved ones. To register, contact Krebs at 313-215-0675 or email@example.com.