"Missing in Michigan" Aims to Resolve Missing Persons Cases; Governor Declares May as Missing Persons Awareness Month

Contact: D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs, MSP Missing Persons Coordination Unit, 313-215-0675

May 4, 2017

The Michigan State Police (MSP) will host the 7th Annual “Missing in Michigan” event on Saturday, May 6, in an effort to help resolve missing person cases. In support of this effort, Gov. Rick Snyder has declared May as Missing Persons Awareness Month.

The free event will be held from 1- 5 p.m. at Madonna University-Franciscan Center in Livonia and is open to the public.

“Our goal is to ensure families of the missing, law enforcement and members of the community are working together to get answers and provide the justice that the missing deserve" said D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs of the MSP Missing Persons Coordination Unit. "These cases won’t go cold if we don’t let them."

Members from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) will be present to update their nationwide, searchable web database for missing persons and unidentified human remains. Family members are encouraged to bring photographs, dental and medical records or other identifying information to update law enforcement databases. Personal items will be immediately returned.

Child ID kits will be provided at no cost and community organizations that assist with missing persons cases will also provide information on child safety.

Family and friends of the missing will be recognized at the event and a private roundtable discussion will be held 9-11:30 a.m. To ensure a loved one is commemorated or to participate in the roundtable discussion, please register by calling Mr. Wade Dakin, Manager, MSP Missing Persons Coordination Unit, at 517-242-9722 or emailing dakinw1@michigan.gov.

More than 70 missing persons cases have been resolved since 2011, thanks to events like this and the combined investigative efforts of MSP, law enforcement agencies throughout Michigan, and national criminal justice organizations. There are more than 4,300 persons actively reported as missing in Michigan and almost 300 unsolved unidentified remains cases.

For additional information on this year’s event, visit www.michigan.gov/missinginmichigan.