OKLAHOMA – Today Oklahoma families living everyday with missing loved ones made progress towards closure.
In honor of Missing Persons Day, law enforcement officials gathered at UCO to follow up on unsolved cases.
Today was there day to talk one-on-one with the professionals in charge of finding their loved ones.
They were able to give additional leads, bring more pictures and any other missing links that might help close their family’s case.
Tom Eastep’s son Tommy has been missing for nine months.
Tommy vanished during a family trip to Lake Eufala for the Fourth of July weekend.
“The way it stands today there is no closure for us,” says Eastep. “There’s just no answer. There’s no real direction of which way we need to go.”
His family came here today to find some direction and talk to people who care.
Eastep says missing person cases are often big stories one day but forgotten the next, making their search much harder than it should be.
“It’s been horrible because nobody’s seen anything, heard anything. It’s like people don’t want to get involved,” says Eastep. “It may not affect your child today, but tomorrow who knows.”
These individuals become just one of many, making it hard to tell one missing persons poster from the next.
Angela Berg with the Medical Examiner’s office watches heartbroken family’s fall apart over loved ones.
“I’m not here to rush through and ask you, ‘What’s their name? How tall are they? What color are their eyes? Okay thanks for coming in buh-bye,” says Berg. “I want to hear the whole story.”
She says today was all about creating a support system. She hopes the Eastep’s know they won’t give up.
“I think the most important part is that they came out of here knowing that we all care about their loved one,” says Berg. “And we care about them.”
“He’s my son,” says Eastep. “I’m going to go to the last mile to find him.”
April 12th was officially declared missing persons day by Governor Fallin.
They hope today’s event will grow for years to come, bringing all the families of those more than 100 missing persons in the state together.