By Roc Woodrum
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are home. But, hundreds of others in Northeast Ohio remain missing.
Cleveland FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said missing persons is a very serious issue. "People can go missing for all kinds of reasons. We get involved any time a child is missing. Whether that be a runaway, or a child that has been abducted, or some kind of suspicious circumstances. Some adults may choose to leave their circumstances, and they may choose not to tell their family where they are going."
According to the City of Cleveland's website, there are over 100 people listed as missing in Northeast Ohio right now.
Over 50 of those were added this year; with nearly half being under 18 years old.
Anderson said she is familiar with the procedures the FBI uses concerning missing persons and when the FBI gets involved. "The FBI doesn't have the resources to get involved with every missing persons case. If there is something that makes the family and the law enforcement think that something is just not right about that situation; if it's not an adult that chose to leave on their own, we will definitely get involved."
We here at FOX 8 have decided to help. During our newscasts and on FOX8.com, we will be profiling a missing person from our area.
With your help, hopefully some of these people can be found.
"I think this is a wonderful initiative for the media to put out pictures of missing people because the public is really the one that sees everybody. We really make a plea to the public to take a look at these pictures. We would like to of course find anyone that is missing to let their family and friends know where they are and bring them back," Anderson said.
Stay tuned to FOX 8 News and FOX8.com as we profile Northeast Ohio's missing.