Rutledge Announces 5th Annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action Event

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May 25, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will host the Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event on Thursday, July 7 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. The event, which is in its fifth year, was established to raise awareness of the challenges associated with missing persons cases and recognize Arkansas’s missing children and adults.

Sgt. Mark Simpson, of Arlington, Texas, will speak with members of the Arkansas law enforcement community during a morning training session. Sgt. Simpson led the task force established to find Amber Hagerman and investigate her murder. Nine-year-old Hagerman was abducted and recovered deceased in 1996. Her case led to the creation of the nationwide America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert system.

Also on July 7 at Camp Robinson, Rutledge has partnered with the Morgan Nick Foundation to provide a family program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will be for families of missing adults and children and families who have had loved ones recovered, both alive and deceased. The program facilitator will be Duane Bowers, a nationally recognized and respected grief and trauma counselor who specializes in issues facing families of the missing.

“Arkansans who are living each day with a loved one missing deserve our support,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “And that is why this annual event is so important. I want to continue to bring these families together and provide opportunities to connect with each other and the Arkansas law enforcement community. They need to know that their loved ones have not been forgotten.”

Rutledge will also host a luncheon, which will include a ceremony to honor families of missing children and adults and to recognize law enforcement officials who work to solve missing persons cases.

In the afternoon, investigators and other service providers will be on hand to assist families with active missing persons cases and give them the opportunity to submit information that may be useful in finding their loved ones.

Rutledge encourages families and loved ones of the missing to attend on July 7 and bring with them as much information as possible about their missing loved ones, such as police reports, photographs and dental records. Forensic analysts will also be at the event to take DNA samples.

Representatives from the FBI, National Unidentified and Missing Persons System, Morgan Nick Foundation, State Crime Lab and State Police Criminal Investigations Division will be available to assist families as part of the missing persons initiative.

Every service offered at the event is free.

Registration can be found at ArkansasAG.gov.

The Attorney General’s office serves as an information clearinghouse for reports on Arkansas’s missing children and acts as the main point of contact between the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and nonprofit missing children organizations in the state. For information about Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action, call (800) 448-3014 or email oag@arkansasag.gov, or to reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach Internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge also re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.

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