National Missing Children’s Day: 5 Ways to Keep Children Safe |

In 1983, Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day. All month long, WUSA9 has shared faces of missing children from our area in in hopes of helping to bring them home. Here are 5 ways keep your children safe & join WUSA9 in raising awareness of missing children in our area

1. Talk honestly to your kids about protecting themselves
Former President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Ernie Allen, encourages parents to talk candidly with their children about safety. Role playing exercises could help kids protect themselves if they’re confronted with immediate threats or predators.

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MO – Remains of missing Sunset Hills woman discovered; husband charged with murder | Law and order |

SUNSET HILLS • Prosecutors filed a second-degree murder charge Wednesday against the husband of a missing Sunset Hills woman after finding her body this week in a shallow grave in a remote part of Missouri.

John Kevin McLaughlin, 58, was held in lieu of $2 million cash-only bail.

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Why do we seldom hear about missing black children? – The Denver Post

They are strangers whose faces and names we know intimately; JonBenét Ramsey, Elizabeth Smart, Dylan Redwine, Caylee Anthony. They are other people’s children, but we worry for them, pray for them. In addition to being young and innocent, these well-known names have something else in common.

All are white.

Why would the race of a missing child matter? Getting any child who is in danger into the arms of the people who will ensure their safety is the top priority. Finding a missing child requires the coordinated efforts of family, law enforcement and the media, two institutions not historically known for favoring minorities, particularly blacks. Why does it seem a select few missing children get all the national coverage?

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CUE Center for Missing Persons hold community event | WSLS

ROCKY MOUNT (WSLS10) – Sunday will mark two years since Chris Douthat went missing from Vinton.

The Community United Effort, CUE Center for Missing Persons is working on his case and other people who disappear. Workers held an event in Rocky Mount for families of the missing.

Christopher Douthat’s mom, Mary said CUE has helped her by raising awareness about her missing son.

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Fireball Run looks for missing kids

Amid the fun and friendly competition of The Fireball Run, a 2,000-mile adventure road rally that winds up Saturday in Cocoa Beach, there is a serious message: We need to bring more awareness to the search for missing children.

The Fireball Run, in its ninth year, calls itself “the race to recover America’s missing children.”

As in years past, each of the 44 teams competing in this year’s Fireball Run is assigned a missing child case to publicize along the way. Organizers credit the efforts of participants in the previous eight Fireball Runs with helping locate 44 missing children.

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8th annual Ride for Missing Children takes place

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – About 50 bicycle riders set out to raise awareness and funds for missing kids and their families.

Friday was the eighth annual Ride for Missing Children.

The ride started with an opening ceremony at the University at Albany Alumni House where Suzanne Lyall was last seen in 1998. It is now traveling all over the Capital Region at a total distance of about 100 miles.

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MO – Daughter-in-law of missing Sunset Hills woman remembers Linda

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It’s a mystery that’s lasted nearly three months. There’s still no sign of a missing grandmother from Sunset Hills.

Sunday night, for the first time, the family member who first noticed Linda McLaughlin was missing shared her story.

Linda’s daughter-in-law, Renee McLaughlin, was the one who first discovered that Linda wasn’t home anymore.

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Families of missing persons gather at community cookout – The Daily Progress: News

Virginia volunteers for the CUE Center for Missing Persons held a free cookout Saturday at Simpson Park in Albemarle County for families of missing persons in the area and members of the community to come together and raise awareness for those who have gone missing.

Family members of Bonnie Santiago and Janet Renee Field, who have both been missing for at least a year, attended the first-time community gathering, as well as families of Dashad “Sage” Smith, Samantha Clarke and Melanie Metheny, who have been missing for two, four and nine years, respectively. About 50 people attended.

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Keeping Kids Safe in Crowded Places

As I recently sat at a local water park’s food court dining on overpriced chicken tenders and french fries, I noticed a park employee overseeing a group of three young children playing in the sand. It didn’t take long for me to realize the employee wasn’t merely babysitting the children but that they had become separated from whoever they came to the park with.

In an extremely busy environment such as an amusement park or shopping mall, it’s not uncommon for children to become separated from their group. It only takes a matter of seconds, especially when a parent or group leader is preoccupied with having a conversation, reading a map, purchasing tickets, etc.

Fortunately, there are some proactive steps that can be taken to prevent this situation from happening or at least minimizing the resolution time if it should occur. First and foremost is awareness and education. Children need to understand the risks of becoming detached from their group. Aside from the fear and helplessness of being lost, a wandering child also becomes a potential target for a predator. For this reason, it’s critical they know who to seek for help. Ideally, they should approach an employee of the venue or a person of authority. In most places, employees all wear a standard uniform and can easily be identified.

Other steps adults can take include photographing their child on the day of the trip and having them wear a waterproof ID bracelet listing contact information for multiple people. When traveling with a group of children, make sure an adequate number of chaperones are available. The simple act of holding a child’s hand while walking or waiting in line will prevent many incidents.

About 15 minutes had passed and I was finishing up my dinner at the food court. The park employee watching the three children began calling toward a group of nearby patrons to send over a confused man in a brown hat. I presumed he was sent by another employee to the general area where lost children are held. After a brief exchange of finger pointing, the father and son went happily on their way. I don’t know how long the other two children were there but hopefully they’ll never have to experience that again.

MO – A walk scheduled to raise money, awareness to help find missing Sunset Hills woman : News

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Friends and family of Linda McLaughlin, the Sunset Hills woman who went missing earlier this month, have organized a walk to raise money and awareness.

The hour-long walk will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Hedgefield and Meadowglen lanes, in Sunset Hills. “Missing Linda” T-shirts will be sold for $20. Lemonade and waters also can be purchased. All proceeds will go to support efforts to find McLaughlin, which could include passing out fliers and buying billboard advertising.

Relatives of McLaughlin are already offering a $10,000 reward for clues that would help police find her. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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