Missing Persons Initiative

The Attorney General’s office, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, will host its 5th annual observance dedicated to locating Arkansas’s missing children and adults on July 7 at Camp Robinson in North 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.


Law Enforcement CLEST/CLE Training will be available 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Members of the law enforcement community will have the opportunity to hear from retired police Sgt. Mark Simpson, from Arlington, Texas. Sgt. Simpson lead the task force established to find Amber Hagerman and investigate her murder. Amber was abducted and recovered deceased in 1996. Her case led to the creation of the nationwide Amber Alert system.

Meanwhile, a family program will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The session will be for families of missing adults and children and families who have had loved ones recovered, both alive and deceased. The session facilitator will be Duane Bowers, a nationally recognized and respected grief and trauma counselor who specializes in issues facing families of the missing. Family Program Registration

Attorney General Rutledge will host a luncheon and ceremony to recognize families of missing children and adults and law enforcement officers who work on missing persons cases. The luncheon is an opportunity for families who are still searching, and for families who have lost loved ones, to come together to support each other.

Also from 2:30 to 4:30 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 unsolved cases.

Representatives from the Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas Crime Information Center, Arkansas State Police the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) 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. Families are encouraged to bring information regarding their missing loved one to the event for law enforcement. Local law enforcement agencies are also encouraged to bring cases so they can be entered into NamUs.



Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police

Phone: (501) 372-4600

Website: ArkChiefs.org

Arkansas Crime Lab

Phone: (501) 227-5747

Website: CrimeLab.Arkansas.gov

Arkansas Crime Information Center

Phone: (501) 682-2222

Web: ACIC.org

Arkansas State Police

Phone: (501) 618-8000

Web: ASP.Arkansas.gov



Phone: (855) 626-7600

Web: NamUs.gov

Morgan Nick Foundation

Phone: (877) 543-HOPE (4673)

Web: MorganNickFoundation.com

Arkansas Sheriffs' Association

Phone: (501) 244-0400

Web: ArkansasSheriffsAssociation.com

FBI/Little Rock Division

Phone: (501) 221-9100

Web: FBI.gov/LittleRock