National Missing Children's Day

Published: May. 25, 2004 at 8:56 PM CDT|Updated: May. 28, 2004 at 3:32 PM CDT
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Mid-South leaders helped release dozens of balloons at Tom Lee Park Tuesday to honor and remember the Mid-South's missing children. The balloon release did more than spread awareness about National Missing Children's Day, it spread information. Each one of the balloons honored one of the over 100 missing children in the Mid-South. Inside each one is a picture and vital information on each child. Organizers with the Memphis based Commission on Missing and Exploited Children say a current picture is one of the most important pieces of information in recovering a missing child. Captain Len Edwards, COMEC said, "The fact is that one out of every six children that are recovered are recovered due to a photograph. The alarming statistic is that 67-percent of single family households do not have current picture of their child." COMEC uses mail-outs of missing children, I-D cards and offers free fingerprinting kits. The organization is also working directly with Memphis and Shelby County schools. Marilyn Loeffel, Shelby County Commissioner said, "During the summer months, we're gonna be looking for a corporate sponsor to put a disposable camera in every homeroom teacher's hands so that they can take a picture."