May, 2015: Missing Persons Awareness Month

WHEREAS, nationally, it is estimated there are as many as 100,000 active missing persons cases; in Michigan, there over 4,800 people currently reported missing to law enforcement, including over 3,000 children; and,

WHEREAS, few circumstances are more devastating to a family than the unknown whereabouts of a loved one; and,

WHEREAS, missing persons cases affect persons of every age, race, religion, social and cultural background; and,

WHEREAS, in the blink of an eye a family’s dynamic can change drastically when they are instantly thrust into a chaos they are usually not equipped to handle; and,

WHEREAS, due in large part to the sheer volume of cases, missing persons investigations challenge law enforcement resources; and,

WHEREAS, many of the people who go missing in the United States are victims of homicide; and,

WHEREAS, in some cases, the investigation into a missing person begins when human remains are found; and,

WHEREAS, Missing Persons Awareness Month provides the families held victim by a loved one’s disappearance a chance to be recognized and an important opportunity for citizens to learn more about missing persons and to show support for the numerous organizations and individuals providing advocacy efforts, services and assistance to bring missing persons home;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as Missing Persons Awareness Month in Michigan.