Monday, April 2, 2012

Shining the Light Brightly for Missing Loved Ones and Their Family


In Rochester, New York  hundreds over the weekend attended the vigil for Larie Butler, 17, found  murdered in a swimming pool.  Her life was stolen by a someone she trusted, a family friend.  When Larie was reported missing on March 24, 2012, the CUE Center for Missing Person's sent in their top volunteers to assist the family shortly thereafter.

Dawn Drexel, recently named New York State Outreach Coordinator for the CUE Center for Missing Persons, brought forth the efforts and support for the family.  One wonders how a mother gains the strength to help other families as she still waits for word everyday on her own child, still missing, Brittanee Drexel, 17, who suddenly vanished in Myrtle Beach during spring break on April 25, 2009. This years marks the third anniversary of her disappearance and the family will return to Myrtle Beach for a tree planting ceremony in Brittanee's memory.

Not every family has the opportunity to bring their loved one home.  It can take days, months and often years until remains are recovered.  One agency has been the guardian, or the "keeper of the flame" for families of missing persons, since 1994.  The CUE Center is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to burning both daytime and midnight lights brightly until a loved one is found.

The agency provides support and hope for families at a time when answers just are not available.  They are an amazing group whose expertise includes, current and former law enforcement, many volunteers who are parents and friends of missing loved ones, and teams who are trained and certified in search, rescue and recovery.

The Cue Center for Missing Persons, needs the public's support.  Please take a moment and visit their website at  And consider supporting their upcoming event on April 28, 2012.  (see below)

Jen Harnett is the Kansas State Outreach Coordinator for CUE Center for Missing Persons and has organized the 1st Annual Night Walk to Shed Light on the Missing as a fundraising benefit for CUE on April 28 at Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, Kansas in honor of her son, Joshua Hancock. For complete details and registration, visit the website:

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