Gretl Plessinger, assigned to the FDLE Office of Public Information in Tallahassee, has informed local Historic City News reporters that March is an important landmark for Floridians — the 30th anniversary of the Missing and Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse.
Florida was the first state in the country to establish a missing person’s clearinghouse; and, since opening its doors, more than 1,000 missing persons have been recovered through efforts of the clearinghouse.
“They assist law enforcement and families in locating missing persons by providing analytical services, collecting and disseminating relevant information, and engaging the public in the search,” Plessinger told Historic City News.
Three types of alerts are sent by the Missing and Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse:
Missing Child Alerts
Florida Silver Alerts
The Florida organization works with other states, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, INTERPOL, the Department of Children and Families, and other state partners, to exchange information, tips and leads about missing persons to ensure the best chance of recovery.
The Missing and Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse also works with the Medical Examiners Commission on the “Unidentified Deceased Initiative” — combining the modern technology of DNA collection with traditional missing person’s investigative efforts.
Each September, the Advisory Board coordinates Florida’s “Missing Children’s Day” in Tallahassee. The ceremony remembers the missing, and honors the efforts of citizens, law enforcement and public servants who have made an impact on the safety of Florida’s citizens.
To sign up for email-based alerts, please visit http://www.missingchildrenalert.com/