For 15 years, families who have lost a loved one have come to the Annual Missing Children's Day to share their stories.
Hillary Sessions daughter Tiffany, disappeared from the University of Florida 24 years ago. A new investigator is now on the case, giving her mother hope. "Human trafficking now here in the United States is a huge issue and I've always wondered, 'could someone have taken Tiffany?'" stated Sessions.
The event also brings police who have done outstanding work; K-9’s who have solved crimes, and children who have fought back together to tell their stories.
This year marks a bitter sweet anniversary of sorts; it had been 30 years since Florida set up an agency to look for missing children.
The parents of Jennifer Kesse, whose daughter disappeared in Orlando seven years ago, say they have new hope after three women were rescued in Ohio. "I think positive-ness of three women who were held the longest eleven years, their successful recovery has just recreated hope for so many."
Ali Gilmore and her children disappeared from her Tallahassee home in 2006. This was the first year her brother could bring himself to attend the event.
"People really don't mean any harm, they say 'I know what you feel...' You could sympathize but you really don't know," said Percy Walker.
Unfortunately for these families, the unthinkable is all too real.
40,000 children are reported missing every year in Florida, most of them come home safely.