May 25 is National Missing Children's Day

Contact: D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs, MSP Missing Persons Unit, (313) 215-0675

May 22, 2018

As many as 1,100 Michigan children go missing each week, involuntarily or otherwise. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Missing Persons Unit is joining efforts to raise awareness by recognizing National Missing Children’s Day this Friday, May 25.

“We make every effort to bring Michigan’s missing children home safely,” said D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs who leads the MSP Missing Persons Unit. “While most of our cases involving children 18 and younger are classified as voluntarily missing, all are treated as high risk. Our resources, and partnerships with fellow law enforcement, position us to really make a difference.”

The 8th Annual “Missing in Michigan” event was held in Livonia earlier this month. More than 200 people attended, including 40 families with missing loved ones. Nine DNA samples were collected from donating families, which will be added to the National CODIS database to help connect the missing to unidentified remains throughout the country.

In April, Governor Snyder signed the “NamUs Bill” into law. This legislation requires all law enforcement agencies to enter missing persons into the NamUs.gov database as well as the current law enforcement database NCIC. The NamUs database is publically accessible and will allow the general public to see and share the records of missing persons. The law takes effect July 4, 2018.