Rutledge: 4th annual ‘Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action’ event scheduled
April 3, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced June 10th as the date for the 4th annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event. The event was established to raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and recognize Arkansas’s missing children and adults. The morning portion of the event will offer a law enforcement training session.
Kevin Mulcahy, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan, will give a presentation to law enforcement about his personal experience as a survivor of childhood sexual exploitation. Mulcahy will speak about how he uses that experience in investigating and prosecuting child predators. The training will give members of the law enforcement community and attorneys an opportunity to earn continuing education credits.
“Whether an adult or child has been missing for one day or several years, their family and friends need our support and assistance,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am looking forward to continuing and strengthening this important initiative so that Arkansas families with missing loved ones understand that they are not alone and certainly not forgotten. It’s also important that we train our law enforcement community so they have the tools they need to investigate these very difficult cases.
“Mr. Mulcahy will bring an invaluable perspective to our event this year, and I look forward to welcoming him to Arkansas in June.”
Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action, an all-day event, will take place at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock and will also include a luncheon and an afternoon information session that will allow for DNA collection for families of the missing.
Rutledge will host the luncheon 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.
Rutledge encourages families and loved ones of the missing to attend on June 10 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 be at the event to take DNA samples.
Representatives from the Morgan Nick Foundation, the state Crime Lab, State Police Criminal Investigations Division, the FBI and the National Unidentified and Missing Persons System will be available to assist families as part of the missing persons initiative.
Every service offered at the event is free of charge.
To register for the event, please click here.
The Attorney General 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 the Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event , call (800) 448-3014, or to reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).