May 2021: Missing Persons Awareness Month

WHEREAS, according to the Michigan State Police, it is estimated that there are as many as 85,900 active missing persons cases throughout the United States; in Michigan, there are over 3,900 people currently reported missing to law enforcement, including over 875 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 those of every age, race, religion, and social and cultural background; and,


WHEREAS, in the blink of an eye, the dynamic of a family can change drastically when they are thrust into the chaos of such a stressful and emotionally trying situation; and,


WHEREAS, due in large part to the sheer volume of cases, missing persons investigations strain 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 victimized by a loved one's disappearance a chance to be recognized. It is also an important opportunity for Michiganders to learn more about missing persons and show support for the numerous organizations and individuals providing advocacy efforts, services, and assistance to bring missing persons home;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as Missing Persons Awareness Month in Michigan.