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.

Sessions

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 led 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. Law Enforcement Program Registration

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.

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).

Links

Partners

 
Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police

(501) 372-4600

ArkChiefs.org

 
Arkansas Crime Information Center

(501) 682-2222

ACIC.org

 
Arkansas Crime Lab

(501) 227-5747

CrimeLab.Arkansas.gov

 
Arkansas Sheriffs' Association

(501) 244-0400

ArkansasSheriffsAssociation.com

 
Arkansas State Police

(501) 618-8000

ASP.Arkansas.gov
 

 

 
FBI/Little Rock Division

(501) 221-9100

FBI.gov/LittleRock

 
Morgan Nick Foundation

(877) 543-HOPE (4673)

MorganNickFoundation.com

 
NamUs

(855) 626-7600

NamUs.gov