ALBANY -Advocates and effected families gathered Saturday, April 8 to draw attention to issues related to missing persons.
State Sen. Jim Tedisco (R,C,I, REF-Glenville) hosted the 16th annual Missing Persons Day Ceremony at the New York State Museum and Cultural Education Center, which is sponsored by the Center for Hope.
The event brought together family members of missing persons from across the state to share ways of coping and keeping hope alive, to prevent abductions and share information to find those who are missing. Missing Persons Day is organized by Mary Lyall of the Center for Hope, whose daughter, Suzanne, went missing from the University at Albany in 1998.
Mary Lyall started the Center for Hope with her late husband, Doug Lyall, and she has been a national leader in efforts to help find missing persons and advocating for legislation and innovative programs on the state and federal levels, Tedisco said on his Facebook page.
Dr. Crystal Moore, associate dean of faculty at Skidmore College, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Moore’s mother, Christine Betty Lowe, has been missing since 1971.
State police and the state Division of Criminal Justice Services were on hand opportunity for families to submit their DNA samples for comparison to unidentified individuals on the state DNA data base.
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