Missing Persons Initiative

The Attorney General’s Office, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, will host its third annual observance dedicated to locating Arkansas’s missing children and adults on May 29th in Little Rock.

The “Never Forgotten—Arkansas Takes Action” event was established to raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and to honor Arkansas’s missing.  
The event will be held at the Clear Channel Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.

Law Enforcement CLEST Training

This year, the morning will be devoted to providing training to our state’s law enforcement community. From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Jennifer Schuett will give a presentation on her case along with Dickinson Texas Police Detective Tim Cromie and FBI Special Agent Richard Rennison of Houston.

Jennifer was 8 years old in 1990 when she was kidnapped from her Dickinson, Texas, home, raped and left for dead after her throat was slashed. She was eventually discovered and survived. In 2008, Cromie and Rennison took a fresh look at the case. Because of advancements in DNA analysis techniques, the FBI was able to extract DNA from evidence stored in the case.

The trio will share their story with law enforcement, covering the victim’s viewpoint and how to stick with frustrating cold case investigations.

Officers who attend the training will earn 3 hours CLEST credit. The training is free, but officers must register here by May 27th.

Luncheon

At noon, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will host a luncheon and awards ceremony to honor families of missing children and adults. The luncheon  will be an opportunity for families who are still searching and for families who have lost loved ones to come together to support each other. 

During the luncheon, awards will be presented by Colleen Nick of the Morgan Nick Foundation and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. Colleen Nick will present Morgan’s Choice awards to law enforcement officers for their exceptional search and recovery of missing children in Arkansas.

General McDaniel will award the annual Star of Excellence Award to an individual or agency that has worked to promote the Attorney General’s missing persons initiative.

Jennifer Schuett will be the luncheon keynote speaker. The luncheon is free, but please RSVP here by May 20th.

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 missing persons cases. Event attendees may submit DNA samples to help resolve long-term 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 various law enforcement 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.  Law enforcement agencies will also be encouraged to bring cases so they can be entered into NamUs.

 

Links

 

Partners

 

 
Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police

Phone: (501) 372-4600

Website: www.arkchiefs.org

 
Arkansas Crime Lab

Phone: (501) 227-5747

Website: www.crimelab.arkansas.gov

 
Arkansas Crime Information Center

Phone: (501) 682-2222

Web: www.ark.org/missing/search.php

 
Arkansas State Police

Phone: (501) 618-8000

Web: www.asp.arkansas.gov
 

 

 
NamUs

Phone: (202) 307-0703

Web: www.namus.gov

 
Morgan Nick Foundation

Phone: (877) 543-HOPE (4673)

Web: www.morgannickfoundation.com

 
Arkansas Sheriffs Association

Phone: (501) 758-0020

Web: www.arkansassheriffsassociation.com

 
FBI/Little Rock Division

Phone: (501) 221-9100

Web: www.fbi.gov/littlerock