To ensure every possible method of finding a missing person is explored, Florida law enforcement officials and other experts will meet Saturday, Dec. 3, with families and friends of loved ones who have vanished, and anyone else interested in learning more about the subject.
"Missing in Florida Day" takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. The idea is to raise awareness of missing and unidentified people, and to gather information that might help investigators make headway on some of the state's more than 3,200 missing-person cases.
Authorities will take reports of missing people and speak about databases, DNA profiles, and other resources that can locate people who have disappeared. People desperate to find an acquaintance can meet with others in similar situations, and with counselors who will provide resources and try to help ease anxiety and grief.
It's a growing problem. More missing-person cases are filed than are solved, so the number of people who are missing - and human remains that are unidentified - gets larger every year. Nationwide, more than 84,000 people are reported missing.
Other states have held events similar to Missing in Florida Day. This is the first one in Central Florida.
People with missing acquaintances who attend the USF event are asked to bring:
USF's Marshall Student Center
440 N Altenburg Rd.
Tampa FL, 33619
December 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM