Support, information offered to families searching for a loved one

May 6, 2011

More than three thousand people are listed as missing in Michigan. They’ll be honored Saturday in Detroit at an event that’s also designed to help find them. 

Michigan’s Missing Person’s Day at Ford Field is a day for families who’ve lost a loved one.

They’re asked to bring photographs and dental records of the missing person. Technicians will  collect DNA samples.

All the information will be scanned into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database that the public can also access.

Michigan State Police Trooper Sarah Krebs is a forensic artist.

“Some of these families go 20 to 30 years without knowing what happened to their loved ones," Krebs says. "To be able to meet other families that have gone through a similar experience is going to be huge.”

Krebs says the DNA samples will be processed for free by the University of North Texas.

Crimestoppers, K-9 search and rescue teams and other community groups will also be at the event  that runs from  4 to 9 p.m.