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Ohio Missing Person’s Day: Help available for families with missing loved ones at Cleveland event

Published: Sep. 18, 2021 at 12:04 PM EDT
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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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