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Statement from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on Recent Ohio Recovery

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is incredibly thankful to see the news from Cleveland, Ohio regarding the safe recovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight after being missing for many years.

Age-progression of Gina DeJesus by NCMEC imaging. Age-progression of Amanda Berry by NCMEC imaging.

NCMEC has seen a growing number of recoveries of long-term missing children. Every story we hear offers hope to the families who are still searching, that their own children will one day come home.

On May 7, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is celebrating this important message of hope by honoring Jaycee Dugard and her family at the 2013 Hope Awards. They were reunited in 2009 after Jaycee was abducted 18 years before.

This story like those of Elizabeth Smart, recovered after 9 months; Shawn Hornbeck, recovered after 4 years; Carlina White, recovered after 23 years; and Steve Carter, recovered after 34 years is the reason why we never forget any missing child.

John Ryan
CEO
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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