The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is starting a new program to help gather more information on long-missing people and tie them to unclaimed or unidentified bodies when applicable.
"Missing in California" kicks off with an event for family or friends of the vanished from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Sacramento State's Harper Alumni Center. Representatives from victim advocacy groups, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System are expected to be there as well as law enforcement from the greater Sacramento area.
Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of their missing loved ones as well as dental and medical records. Consenting relatives can give DNA samples to help fill out missing persons' reports.
Flyers for the event with details in other languages, including Punjabi, Russian and Arabic, are available on Missing in California's Facebook page. Translators will be available at the June 9 event if requested in advance.
Nearly 2,000 Californians are registered in the Department of Justice's missing persons database, and roughly 14,200 people are unaccounted for nationwide. The online database was created in 2007 and is an incomplete list of long-missing or long-unidentified people.
For reservations and more information, contact Sacramento County Sheriff's Dep. Paige Kneeland at (916) 874-1751.
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel