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Governor Fletcher proclaims May 25 as Missing Persons Day in Kentucky

Date of News Release: 05/24/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Governor Ernie Fletcher has proclaimed May 25, 2006, as Missing Persons Day in Kentucky to coincide with National Missing Persons Day.

Governor Fletcher issued a proclamation that stated, in part, "National Missing Persons Day serves as an annual reminder that everyone can play a part in bringing home a missing child or adult."

In his proclamation, Governor Fletcher stressed pairing public awareness with an integrated approach to effectively deal with the issue of missing persons in Kentucky.

"The Kentucky State Police Missing and Exploited Children's Unit is an effective tool in coordinating and facilitating the search for missing persons," said Fletcher. "I also strongly urge parents and guardians to use May 25, Kentucky Missing Persons Day, as a reminder to discuss safety factors in preventing abductions and abuse with those in their care."

The Kentucky Missing and Exploited Children Unit, located within the KSP Intelligence Branch, works to document and locate Kentucky's missing persons. The unit was organized in 1984 to assist law enforcement agencies nationwide in this effort in conjunction with the National Missing Persons Clearinghouse.

Mark L. Miller, commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, said the unit plays a pivotal role in locating missing persons.

"The unit's mission is to disseminate information, provide technical assistance in the investigation of such cases, and offer training for the investigation of missing person cases," said Miller. "It also acts as a liaison between the National Missing Persons Clearinghouse and other law enforcement agencies within Kentucky."

According to statistics maintained by the KSP missing persons unit, there are currently over 500 persons listed as missing in the state of Kentucky. The exact number changes almost daily and includes persons of all ages who are reported missing. They include stranger abductions, parental abductions, runaways, and those reported as lost.

For detailed information about child safety, preventing abduction and who to contact in an emergency, visit the Kentucky State Police Missing and Exploited Children Unit website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/missing.

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