State Missing Persons Awareness Day June 17

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/15 2014 12:24PM

Updated 06/15 2014 12:27PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- A ceremony was held at the State Capitol June 14 in honor of the 7th annual Missouri's Missing and Unidentified Person's Awareness Day.

Governor Nixon recognized June 17 as Missouri's Missing and Unidentified Person's Awareness Day.

Non-profit organization Missouri Missing hosted Saturday's event. A representative from the group said the event was scheduled for the weekend so more people could attend.

Dozens of people attended the event on the south lawn of the state Capitol building. Family members of people missing from the Midwest spoke about their experiences with law enforcement while searching for their missing loved ones.

Many of the speakers at the event spoke about their support for NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. They also spoke about their support for the Help Find the Missing Act or Billy's Law.

The bill would facilitate data sharing between NamUs and the National Crime Information Center database of the FBI.

Billy's Law was recently reintroduced in Congress.


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