November 29, 2012
There are no words that could adequately express the gratitude that the Goings family has for the work of LostNMissing. When their 16 year old daughter went missing, the family was met with a lackadaisical and indifferent attitude from law enforcement and little assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Law enforcement immediately assumed a posture of relegated their daughter to the status and label of "runaway" and did little to help locate her. Further, they seemed disinterested in any leads, or potential information that would help bring their daughter back home. When the family spokesperson contacted PEAS and shared the compelling circumstances of their daughter's disappearance and apparent abduction, members of the PEAS and LostNMissing mobilized a grass-roots effort consisting of a team of volunteers and experts within their staff to bring their daughter home safely. LostNMissing created posters for both print and electronic distribution, created a social media page and provided expert guidance on how to coordinate the search as well as methods for the parents and family to cope with the devastation of having a missing child. LostNMissing attended meetings, sent emails to law enforcement, spent countless hours in discussion over the phone with the family and volunteers. They expedited the recording of the case in national databases and tirelessly worked to find the missing teen. I know without a doubt that were it not for the dedication and compassion of LostNMissing, the Goings may not have located their daughter safely.
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