2017 Missing Persons Day


WHEREAS, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Crime Information Center, at the end of 2015, there were 84,961 active missing persons cases, 42,032 of which were related to juveniles under the age of 21; and

WHEREAS, in 2015, the total number of missing persons reports increased by 0.1 percent, and at the end of 2015, there were 737 missing persons reported during the year who had not been found or had not returned home; and

WHEREAS, there are currently 685 open missing persons cases, and 76 sets of unidentified human remains in the Commonwealth; these numbers increase when cases in surrounding states are factored in; and

WHEREAS, nonprofit organizations such as Help Save the Next Girl were founded in an effort to prevent future abductions and disappearances and to provide comfort and support to the families of the missing; and

WHEREAS, Help Save the Next Girl was established by the parents of Morgan Dana Harrington, a 20-year-old student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University who was abducted and murdered in 2009; and                                                                 

WHEREAS, Help Save the Next Girl, and similar nonprofit organizations, help cultivate strong relationships with members of the community, public safety officials, and media organizations to raise awareness of abductions and predatory violence, help disseminate urgent information about missing persons, and provide support to families of missing persons; and

WHEREAS, all missing persons deserve to be searched for; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all of its citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 29, 2017, as MISSING PERSONS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.