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ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE TO HOST MISSING PERSONS EVENT

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and several state and federal law enforcement agencies will host an event Saturday in Little Rock to assist Arkansas families in their efforts to locate missing adult family members and loved ones.

Representatives from the State Police Criminal Investigations Division, the FBI and the National Unidentified and Missing Persons System will be at the event, called "Never Forgotten - Arkansans Take Action." It is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arkansas State Police Headquarters, 1 State Police Plaza Drive, in Little Rock.

Families of missing adults are encouraged to attend and bring as much information as possible about their missing loved ones, including police reports, photographs and dental records. Analysts from the state Crime Laboratory will be at the event to take DNA samples. In addition, representatives from the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification will be on hand to answer questions and gather information from families. All the services offered Saturday are free.

According to the Arkansas Crime Information Center, there are 453 active missing persons cases in Arkansas. The Crime Lab houses 79 sets of unidentified remains.

Nationwide, there are more than 87,000 active missing persons cases.

The Attorney General's Office is participating in the program as an extension of its services to help locate Arkansas's missing. McDaniel's office houses the Arkansas Missing Children Services Program and annually hosts events to raise awareness about missing children.

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