Friday, May 25, 2012

National Missing Children's Day

Today marks an important day for the missing children of this country. It is a day in which it is urged that Parents, Guardians, family members, volunteers, and all with a voice to discuss potential threats and provide simple preventative steps to stay safe.

Earlier this week, police announced an arrest in Etan Patz's case. It is Etan's case that brought on the commemoration of National Missing Children's Day, which was signed in by President Ronald Reagan in the 80s. To date, Etan's parents remained with the same phone number, they resided in the same apartment as when Etan was still with them, and they remained hopeful that one day, their son would reach out to them and come home. I imagine that the news this week brought to them the beginning of closure and justice in their lives.

From the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's website: Since May 25, 1983, 'each Administration since President Reagan has honored this annual reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and make child protection a national priority. National Missing Children’s Day is a reminder to all parents and guardians of the need for high-quality photographs of their children for use in case of an emergency, and for the need for everyone to pay close attention to the posters and photographs of missing children'.

This weekend is Memorial Day. Families will travel to the nearest camping grounds with their families, or to the nearest watered areas to get away and unwind. If you're in the State of Maine, keep your eyes open. Print Ayla's missing flyer before you venture out with your families, and if you feel you see anything that could be a lead, please call law enforcement.


Enjoy your holiday weekend and stay safe!

14 comments:

  1. Thinking this day of all the families with missing children who face that ongoing nightmare each day and yet still find strength to go on.

    Bless them, every one, on this, National Missing Children Day.

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    1. Great words, tlcox. Likewise.

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    2. Absolutely!! My heart goes out to each and every family.

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  2. Well said tlcox, I couldn't agree more!

    Great post JMH!

    Praying for Ayla and her family. <3

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  3. Prayers for all the families of missing children.. Article today:

    http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/on-national-missing-childrens-day-one-stands-out_2012-05-24.html

    Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland offered no updates on the case Thursday.

    "The work continues. There are no new developments," he said.

    In January, McCausland announced that investigators had found undisclosed amounts of Ayla's blood at her Violette Avenue home. McCausland also said investigators removed several hundred items from the house as potential evidence, and ruled out the possibility that Ayla was abducted.

    Investigators also believe the three adults who were with Ayla the night before she was reported missing -- father Justin DiPietro, aunt Elisha DiPietro and Courtney Roberts -- are withholding information.

    SPEAK NOW.. Where is AYLA? She needs to come home.

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  4. Etan Patz---a reminder to Justin, that 30 years later, 3 decades, his killer finally will pay for his crimes...his crimes haunted him the entire time, followed him everywhere, never stopped tormenting him, never left his thoughts, his entire life was hitched forever to his demons...just as yours will be, and your day will come as well, even if it is decades later...get used to looking over your shoulder...

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    1. Very true, Anon. The other piece I found amazing from the article on the arrest for Etan's case is that the Perp's family actually knew about this 30-years ago yet NEVER said anything! Citing he had, "mental problems"--so horrible.

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    2. Thats so sad :(

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  5. Right on Anon 12:53! I hope it haunts them. Every step they make!

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    1. I agree with Anon 12:53, and I hope it haunts them too, ruby32. FOREVER!

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  6. I am trying to find some crucial info and so am asking for help:

    Did Phoebe and Elisha work the day of the 16th? Is there any way to determine this? Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks, Emerald

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  7. JMH, such a great post and there is no more worthy group of children! God bless them all and bring them home.

    Jeff announced a walk being planned by Trista to visit the places that Ayla enjoyed most. Sharing the names and the fight to bring Ayla and all missing children home is the highest of respect. Trista you have my utmost respect!

    JMH, Thank You again for this post.

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  8. this so damn sad .no one should have to suffer like Trista ..just not fair . the stress on her face is just to much .oh i hope they get theirs
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