missing children http://michiganradio.org en Bringing Michigan missing persons home http://michiganradio.org/post/bringing-michigan-missing-persons-home <p>A conference near Lansing today is helping families search for their missing loved ones.</p><p></p><p>A Michigan State Police spokesman admits it’s not clear how many people are missing in Michigan.&nbsp; The law doesn’t require all disappearances to be reported.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>So many families find themselves alone in their search.</p><p></p><p>MSP Lieutenant Mike Shaw says he can’t imagine what the families go through.</p><p></p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 19:50:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 14328 at http://michiganradio.org Bringing Michigan missing persons home Michigan lawmakers will discuss 'Caylee's Law' on Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-will-discuss-caylees-law-wednesday <p>State lawmakers will discuss legislation tomorrow inspired by the disappearance and death of a Florida toddler.</p><p></p><p>Two year old Caylee Anthony was missing for a month before her mother informed the police. The mother, Casey Anthony, was later acquitted of the child’s 2008 murder, though she was convicted of providing police with false information.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11425 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers will discuss 'Caylee's Law' on Wednesday Keeping memory alive: Grand Rapids residents use art to spark interest in decades-old disappearance http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-memory-alive-grand-rapids-residents-use-art-spark-interest-decades-old-disappearance <p>A group of former classmates is using art to try to solve one of Michigan&rsquo;s most high profile missing person cases.</p><p>February 5th 1981 14-year-old Deanie Peters and her mom were watching a wrestling match. It was at a middle school in a suburb outside of Grand Rapids.</p><p>Peters told her mom she had to use the restroom before they headed home. &#39;I&rsquo;ll be right back,&#39; she said.</p><p>But Peters never returned.</p><p>Thirty-one years later police still haven&rsquo;t made an arrest or found her body. Deanie&rsquo;s little brother Will Peters was six-years-old when she disappeared. Wed, 30 May 2012 21:22:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7676 at http://michiganradio.org Keeping memory alive: Grand Rapids residents use art to spark interest in decades-old disappearance Sex traffickers lured to big events like the Super Bowl http://michiganradio.org/post/sex-traffickers-lured-big-events-super-bowl <p>The Super Bowl this weekend in Indianapolis will attract thousands of football fans and people who like a big party.</p><p>It will also lure human traffickers who set up in hotels so paying clients can have sex - sometimes with children.</p><p>The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates 100,000 kids in this country between the ages of 12 and 14 are drawn into a life of prostitution every year.</p><p>There is an outreach effort trying to connect with teens trapped in that life.</p><p>Project SOAP is in Indianapolis this weekend.</p><p>It conducted a similar operation before the North American International Auto Show last month in Detroit. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:33:56 +0000 Rick Pluta 6074 at http://michiganradio.org Sex traffickers lured to big events like the Super Bowl Michigan Senate passes missing children bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-passes-missing-children-bill <p>A proposal that would require parents to report missing children immediately to authorities was approved by the state Senate today.</p><p>The bill was named &ldquo;Caylee&rsquo;s Law&rdquo; by supporters, in response to the controversial Casey Anthony case in Florida.</p><p>The child&rsquo;s mother waited 31 days before reporting her daughter missing.</p><p>State Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) says he was surprised to learn Michigan does not have an early-reporting law in place for missing children.</p><p><em>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s very important that parents report their children missing in a timely fashion. The outrageous case that drew this to our attention was the one of little Caylee, that the mother didn&rsquo;t report her missing for over 30 days.&quot;</em></p><p>Jones added:</p><p><em>&ldquo;As a former sheriff of Eaton County and 31 years of law enforcement, I don&rsquo;t believe there is any reason for a parent to delay reporting their child missing.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Under the bill, parents or caretakers would have 24 hours to report missing children under the age of 13 or could face up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.</p><p>The bill has been sent to the state House. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:01:02 +0000 Chelsea Hagger 4691 at http://michiganradio.org