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Annual event pushes to find Missing Persons in Michigan

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DETROIT, MI (WNEM) -

The Michigan State Police (MSP) will host the 5th Annual "Missing in Michigan" event in Detroit on May 16 in an effort to help resolve missing person cases. To support the effort Gov. Rick Snyder has declared May as Missing Persons Awareness Month.

The free event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the GM Renaissance Center in the GM Wintergarden. It is open to the public. Members from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System will be present to update their nationwide, searchable web database for missing persons and unidentified human remains. Family members are encouraged to bring photographs, dental records, medical records or other identifying information of their missing loved ones to update law enforcement databases. The personal items will be immediately returned.

Child ID kits will be provided free-of-charge and community organizations that help with missing person cases will be on site to provide information on child safety. Family and friends affected by the disappearance of a loved one will also be recognized at the event.

"The families of missing persons are important in keeping their loved one's case active," said D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs of the MSP Missing Persons Coordination Unit in a news release. "When family members come forward to provide reference DNA samples, that may be the break the case needs."

Family members of missing persons who plan to attend should pre-register by contacting D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs at (517) 241-0051 or KrebsS@michigan.gov to ensure their loved one is commemorated at the event. A private roundtable discussion will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for anyone with a missing loved one. Carol Ryan from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children "Team Hope" will lead the discussion.

This is the fifth "Missing in Michigan" event and the second one to be held in Detroit. Previous events were held in Flint, Grand Rapids and East Lansing.

Over 50 missing person cases have been resolved thanks to previous events like this one. There are nearly 4,000 missing persons actively reported as missing in Michigan and almost 300 unsolved unidentified remains cases.

This year's sponsors include General Motors, Crime Stoppers, the Detroit Crime Commission and Meijer. For more information on this year's event, visit www.michigan.gov/missinginmichigan.

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