Families Come to Tallahassee for Missing Children's Day

Different families come each year. This year there were three first timers. Their children have been abducted or murdered. Annette Sykes, whose great granddaughter went missing three years ago said the event is one of the few places people understand their family's grief. "If they not been there they don't have a missing child. There is no way to describe the feeling or what goes on inside".

Some come with the hope that their loved one's picture will be shown one more time and bring them home.

"We need to bring our cousin home and the only way we can bring him home is if we get his face out there," said Desti Jenkins whose cousin is missing.

Not all the stories end in tragedy. These three young girls escaped attackers and were honored by the Governor as young heroes.

"Lucy and Jennessa fought to get free from the man and said they wouldn't go anywhere with him because he was a stranger," said Donna Uzell of the FDLE.

An elementary school student won a statewide essay contest for writing about internet safety.

In six weeks this summer, Florida's Sheriff's nabbed a 119 people all trying to make contact with young kids.

17 years ago, 9 year old Jimmy Ryce was kidnapped and murdered. A board was set-up to help policy makers keep children safe. Jimmy's father is now the chairman of that board.

"I'd love one year to go back and not see a single new case," said Don Ryce.

And so does everyone else.

Florida was the first state to set up a law enforcement bureau dedicated to locating missing children.


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