LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Runaways, hitchhikers, or people who have lost touch with family in suspicious situations haven't always been top of mind for police to investigate.
There are almost 4,000 persons actively reported as missing in Michigan and over 300 unsolved unidentified remains cases.
But things have changed...
A state-wide organization's mission is giving hope to to many who never get closure on cases like these.
Do you remember your favorite cousin taking off to New York to make it big in the 60's?
Or your brother hitchhiking in the early 80's to another state for a dream job, or maybe your baby sister ran away in the 70's?
If you haven't heard from them since, Missing in Michigan wants to help.
The non-profit is holding a free "Missing in Michigan" event on Saturday, May 4, for people affected by cases like these.
The group has resources to help you find your missing loved ones whether they've been gone three days or forty years.
From 1 to 4 p.m. at Madonna University in Livonia, the group will collect DNA, make missing persons profiles, check databases, and conduct interviews.
Police will also be there to ask questions or open a case.
For families of the missing it's also an opportunity to connect with others going through your same difficult situation.
Organizers suggest you bring photos, along with dental and medical records, if you have any.
The event is open to the public, but if you are a family member of a missing person you're asked to RSVP to: "Family Only Events" that will be taking place.
- Family members are encouraged to bring photographs, dental and medical records, or other identifying information to update law enforcement databases.
- Personal items will be immediately returned.
- Family and friends of the missing will be recognized at the event and a private roundtable discussion will be held 9-11:30 a.m.
To ensure a loved one is commemorated or to participate in the roundtable discussion, please register by emailing MSP-MissingPersons@michigan.gov