Missing Persons Initiative Launched

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CLEVELAND -- Because there are more than 60 local law enforcement agencies in Cuyahoga County, it can be a challenge to share critical information, especially when it comes to missing persons cases.

In an effort to bridge that gap, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced on Thursday a Missing Persons Initiative aimed at helping to find and rescue those in need.

The initiative will include a website, a missing persons liaison and an expansion of the impact unit.

The public may use the website to report a missing person, get safety tips or print a poster of the missing person.

The liaison will work to maintain and update the website, among other duties.

Two sheriff's deputies will be assigned to work on the Missing Persons Initiative as well.

The launch of initiative follows the escape of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

The women went missing about a decade ago and were held captive in a Seymour Avenue home until May 6.

*See live blog below for more details ...

Fox 8 News has launched a separate effort to help solve missing persons cases. Watch the video above for details and click here to see missing persons cases.

*Read more on Berry, DeJesus and Knight here ...

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