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AUDIO: Missing persons initiative unveiled

AUDIO: Missing persons initiative unveiled

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(Cleveland) - Cuyahoga County leaders have discussed details of a new "missing persons initiative" intended to help locate those who have disappeared and offer help for residents and law enforcement in that process.

The announcement by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Sheriff Frank Bova comes 10 days after 911 calls led police to a home where they found three missing Cleveland women.

FitzGerald says there will be a missing persons page on the county website that will be updated on a regular basis. The county also plans to hire a missing persons liason to work with families with missing loved ones.

FitzGerald says they'd also like to add two sheriff's deputies to work solely on missing persons cases.

The county administration says coordinating with the community is key in missing-person cases.

In Cleveland from 2006 though 2012, more than 19,000 people went missing. FitzGerald says 99% of them were found in a short period of time. As of now, he says there are about 110 missing persons cases unresolved in the city of Cleveland. 

In recent years, Cleveland police have overhauled how they handle missing-person and sex crime investigations based on recommendations issued after the remains of 11 women were found at the Imperial Avenue home of serial killer Anthony Sowell.

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