May 2017: Missing Persons Awareness Month

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

WHEREAS, nationally, it is estimated there are as many as 86,500 active missing persons cases. In Michigan, there are over 4,300 people currently reported missing to law enforcement, including almost 1,500 children; and,

WHEREAS, in the blink of an eye a family’s dynamic can change drastically when they are instantly thrown 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. It is also an important opportunity 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 2017 as Missing Persons Awareness Month in Michigan.