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NY Missing Persons Day marked in Albany
ALBANY -- Friends and family members of missing persons gathered at the state museum Saturday for the 12th annual Missing Persons Day. After spending the morning meeting in private, a public forum was held in the afternoon to discuss challenges families face and the importance of community support.
“When your loved one goes missing initially everyone is there to support you, but as time goes on people go back to their own lives, but for you it's like time stands still and these organizations that step in like Center for Hope and LostNMissing. It’s exactly what people who have a loved one missing need. They need continuous support, to know people are there to help them,” said Casey King, with LostNMissing.
King joined the organization after her husband went missing in 2009 after a car accident in Connecticut. His body was later found two months later.
“He wandered off from the accident and passed away from hypothermia. It took us two months to find him because searching for someone is often times harder to than some thins it is. It’s not like what you see on TV,” said King.
LostNMissing joined other organizations to push their campaign targeted at young adults, which encourages them to stay with a group during a night out.
“Anytime you leave an establishment whether you are a well-built male or a petite female you should always have somebody with you. Don’t leave your friends,” cautioned Cynthia Carron President-Founder of LostNMissing.
Saturday’s event was organized by the parents of Suzanne Lyall, who went missing 15 years ago on the University at Albany campus. The Lyalls hope to make Missing Persons Day a nationwide event.