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Spokane County works with public to build missing persons database

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Imagine your loved one disappears, and you don’t hear or see them again. That’s the pain families deal with when people go missing because they don’t get closure.

Spokane County for the first time held a Missing Persons event, where families and friends could come with information about their missing loved one to add them to a national database – National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NaMus).

“I worry so much about her,” says Oliver Rice.

He sometimes has trouble sleeping when he thinks about his daughter Angel Wilson.

“It’s driving me crazy,” he says.

She went missing August 2007. Oliver says she had been in and out of trouble, but he’s been looking for her non-stop ever since he found out.

“I wonder where she's at. If she's out there, I just don't see her doing that. I just don't see her disappearing like that. I don't,” he says.

According the NaMus database, there are 565 cases in Washington state. Thirty-six of them are from Spokane or Spokane Valley.

So through this Missing Person event, Spokane County hopes to reunite families or give them closure, something Oliver would like.

“I'd like to know one way or the other because not knowing is terrible, terrible,” he says.

The county plans on holding more events like this in the future.

For more information about NaMus: http://www.namus.gov/

For more information on the unidentified persons in Spokane County: https://www.spokanecounty.org/867/Unidentified-Bodies

Call law enforcement or Crime Check if you have information about missing persons.

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