Rutledge: We Will Never Forget Our State’s Missing
June 10, 2015
NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the fourth annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event at Camp Robinson. The daylong event helps raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and recognizes Arkansas’s missing children and adults.
“Today, nearly 30 families who are coping with missing loved ones gathered at Camp Robinson,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is the largest number of families this event has ever had, and I am so appreciative of each one of them. Although some of these families have been searching for decades and others for just a few months, I hope this event shows them that they do not have to manage this alone. I am committed to standing beside these families and all Arkansas families until each missing person is found. Arkansas will never forget its missing children and adults.”
“As heartbreaking as it is that children are abducted and exploited, it is uplifting to see the dedication of the various professionals gathered in North Little Rock this week to fight against those who would harm our kids,” said Kevin Mulcahy, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan.
“I have had the pleasure of attending the Arkansas missing events in the past,” said Todd Matthews, director of case management and communications for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. “They are always among the most well organized in the nation. Attorney General Rutledge is a great model for other states to observe and hopefully step up to the challenge.”
Rutledge opened the event by welcoming Mulcahy to give a training presentation to law enforcement about his personal experience as a survivor of childhood sexual exploitation and how he applies that experience to prosecuting cases.
A luncheon was hosted by Rutledge to honor the families of the missing and thank law enforcement for assisting in missing persons cases. The event also provides support and networking opportunities for families still searching and for those who have tragically lost loved ones.
In the afternoon session, families were able to meet with investigators about unsolved missing persons cases, provide information about their missing loved ones and, in some cases, provide DNA samples.
Assisting the Attorney General’s Office with hosting the event were the Morgan Nick Foundation, the State Crime Lab, Arkansas State Police, the FBI, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The Attorney General’s Office serves as an information clearinghouse for reports on Arkansas’s missing children and acts as the main point of contact for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
To reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).