Compassion for survivors, hope for the missing

Throughout this week, the community has shown overwhelming support and concern for Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry. This compassion has also been extended to those that remain missing in our community and throughout the world. The international spotlight has shown on Cleveland as a symbol that hope should always remain.

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As City of Cleveland employees – those of us who work in offices and out in the community – we share that hope and compassion.

Cleveland Police treat all missing persons cases with the highest level of care and extraordinary effort. They work closely with the Community Relations Board, other law enforcement agencies, families, and neighbors to bring missing persons home safely. They spend countless hours investigating every tip and following every lead. On average, the Division of Police takes 2,800 missing person reports a year; and, at the end of each year, typically, only two of these new cases remain unresolved. Often times, these open cases represent the most heartbreaking scenarios. They consistently monitor and work these cases.

And on Monday we were blessed to welcome home Gina, Michelle and Amanda.

But the work continues. A complete listing of open missing persons cases can be found on our website. We encourage you to help us in sharing their cases and in notifying us of any information that may help to find them.

Thank you.