DETROIT (WWJ) – There are over 4,000 missing persons actively reported as missing in Michigan, and almost 300 unsolved unidentified remains cases.
In an effort to resolve these cases, Michigan State Police are hosting the 6th Annual “Missing in Michigan” event in Detroit on May 14.READ MORE: Safety Is Top Priority As Parents, Students Prepare For Upcoming School Year
This year’s event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters (1301 3rd Street, Detroit). It is free and open to the public.
Members from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System will be present to update their nationwide, searchable online 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.READ MORE: Donations Needed For Landfill Search To Find Zion Foster
“This event brings together the families and loved ones of missing persons with law enforcement and members of the community to work together to get the answers and justice these missing people deserve,” Sgt. Sarah Krebs said in a statement. “These cases won’t go cold if we don’t let them.”
Child ID kits will also 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. Family members of missing persons who plan to attend can pre-register by contacting Sgt. Krebs at 313-215-0675 to ensure their loved one is commemorated at the event.
This is the sixth Missing in Michigan event and the third one to be held in Detroit. Previous locations included Flint, Grand Rapids and East Lansing. Over 60 missing person cases have been resolved thanks to previous events like this one.MORE NEWS: Businesses Make Changes To Keep Customers Safe Amid Boil Water Advisory In SE Michigan
In support of this effort and to further raise awareness of missing persons, Gov. Rick Snyder has declared May as Missing Persons Awareness Month.