Ohio Missing Person’s Day: Help available for families with missing loved ones at Cleveland event
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Today, Sept. 18, is Ohio Missing Persons Day, a day started to highlight Ohioans who are missing.
At an event hosted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Cleveland Family Center for Missing Children and Adults — one survivor helped shed a light, Gina DeJesus.
DeJesus and two other women, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry were held captive in a home on Seymour Avenue for more than a decade.
Saturday afternoon, DeJesus hosted a candlelight vigil in the now vacant lot where the house once stood.
She encouraged families with missing loved ones to never give up hope.
“Every chance that I got to see my parents on TV, that gave me hope. If they’re going to fight, I’m going to fight too,” she said.
According to a flyer from Ohio BCI, the event will offer services to families with missing loved ones, including:
- DNA collection from families of the missing for Project LINK
- Opportunities to ask law enforcement and the coroner’s office for assistance on cases
- Facial reconstructions of unidentified persons
- Crisis support for families of missing persons
- Information of human trafficking
- Child fingerprint cards
Click here for a list of missing Ohioans from the Ohio Attorney General and National Crime Information Center.
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