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Families of Missing Children Keep the Faith

October 27th, 2008 by flanews

Parents of missing children gathered at the state capitol today to remember their lost loved ones. As Whitney Ray tells us, a new state law is aimed at bringing closure to the families of missing children and expanding search efforts for young adults.

Hear it Here: Families of Missing Children Keep the Faith

It was a day of remembering, of mourning, and for dozens of Florida families it was a call to keep the faith.

None of us will let evil win twice. We will find our loved ones, said Joyce Kesse, the mother of a missing Florida woman.

Family members of missing children gathered at the capitol to honor their lost loved ones. For the mother of a girl who has been missing for almost 20 years, time has done little to heal her pain.

Wednesday is Tiffanys 40th Birthday. Its very hard, said Hilary Sessions.

The day was bittersweet for Hilary and the family of a missing 25 year old woman. The Kesses daughter, Jennifer, disappeared almost three years ago. The family joined forces with Hilary.

Both families were instrumental in passing legislation to help law enforcement find missing young adults.

Now law enforcement is required to send reports of missing people under the age of 26 nationwide. It also requires DNA samples to be entered into a national database used to identify human remains. Despite the implications of the database, the Kesses still believe their daughter is alive.

You have to keep hope in order to keep living and keep moving forward, said Joyce Kesse.

And hope has paid off for several Florida families. So far this year nine missing children in the state have been found. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is encouraging people to sign up for missing child alerts. The alerts are sent out to email accounts and cell phones when a child in your area is missing. You can sign up online at www.missingchildrenalert.com

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