MISSING PERSONS INITIATIVE SET FOR MAY 29

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May 15, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and representatives from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will host the state’s third annual event to help reunite loved ones with their missing family members.

The third “Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action” missing persons initiative is scheduled for Thursday, May 29, at the Clear Channel Metroplex, 10800 Col. Glenn Road, in Little Rock.

“It has been our goal since we launched this initiative to assist law enforcement agencies in every way possible to resolve the more than 400 active missing persons cases here in Arkansas,” McDaniel said. “We also want to give families and friends of missing persons the support and respect they deserve for their tireless commitment to finding their loved ones.”

McDaniel will host a luncheon to recognize families of missing children and adults at noon on May 29. The luncheon is free for families of the missing, but registration is required. Visit here to register.

Following the luncheon, from 2:30 to 7 p.m., families of the missing will have an opportunity to speak directly with local, state and federal law enforcement agents involved in handling missing persons’ cases. Representatives from the Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas Crime Information Center, Arkansas State Police, NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) and other agencies will be available to collect DNA samples and other vital information such as photos, x-rays and dental records in an effort to update their databases. 

In addition, law enforcement officers will be eligible for three hours of Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST) credit for attending a three-hour training course that begins at 8:30 a.m. that day. Law enforcement officers will hear from Jennifer Schuett, who at age 8 in 1990 was kidnapped and brutally assaulted. She will be joined by Dickinson, Texas, Police Det. Tim Cromie and FBI Special Agent Richard Rennison, who were instrumental in solving her case. Law enforcement officials must register for the free training by May 27th.

Schuett will also be the keynote speaker at the event’s luncheon.

For more information, visit here.

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