"Missing in Michigan" Aims to Help Resolve Missing Persons Cases;
Governor Declares May as Missing Persons Awareness Month
Contact: D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs, MSP Missing Persons Coordination Unit 517-241-0051
May 13, 2015
DETROIT, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) will host the 5th Annual “Missing in Michigan”
event in Detroit on May 16 in an effort to help resolve missing person cases. In support of this effort,
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared May as Missing Persons Awareness Month.
This free event, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the GM
Renaissance Center in the GM Wintergarden, is open to the public. Members from the National
Missing and Unidentified Persons System will be present to update their nationwide, searchable web
database for missing persons and unidentified human remains. Family members are encouraged to
bring photographs, dental records, medical records or other identifying information of their missing
loved ones to update law enforcement databases. The personal items will be immediately returned.
Child ID kits will be provided free-of-charge and community organizations that help with missing
person cases will be on site to provide information on child safety. Family and friends affected by the
disappearance of a loved one will also be recognized at the event.
"The families of missing persons are important in keeping their loved one’s case active," said D/Sgt.
Sarah Krebs of the MSP Missing Persons Coordination Unit. "When family members come forward
to provide reference DNA samples, that may be the break the case needs."
Family members of missing persons who plan to attend should pre-register by contacting D/Sgt.
Sarah Krebs at (517) 241-0051 or [email protected]
to ensure their loved one is
commemorated at the event. A private roundtable discussion will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
for anyone with a missing loved one. Carol Ryan from the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children "Team Hope" will lead the discussion.
This is the fifth “Missing in Michigan” event and the second one to be held in Detroit. Previous events
were held in Flint, Grand Rapids and East Lansing.
Over 50 missing person cases have been resolved thanks to previous events like this one. There are
nearly 4,000 missing persons actively reported as missing in Michigan and almost 300 unsolved
unidentified remains cases.
This year’s sponsors include General Motors, Crime Stoppers, the Detroit Crime Commission and
Meijer. For more information on this year’s event, visit www.michigan.gov/missinginmichigan.