National campaign to find missing children launches in Indianapolis:
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A national campaign helping to find missing children is launching in Indianapolis.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children started the campaign called “Be Here for Kids.”
The goal is to raise awareness about missing children in the community. The non-profit organization is partnering up with Clear Channel to get the message across on digital billboards.
Digital billboards similar to the ones seen at a bus stop in Washington D.C. have already launched in Indiana. Each frame will flash a photo of a missing child in that local community.
“We never give up hope on our children no matter how long they’ve been gone, no matter what the circumstances, we keep hope alive,” said Robert Lowery, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said the billboards in Indianapolis will highlight the recent cases of two missing teens: Mary Boyer, 17, and Gabriella Howard, 16.
“We want the public to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement,” said Lowery. “Pay close attention to the images of our children and report anything they might know or see.”
Howard was reported missing by her mother in April and has not been seen since.
According to a police report, Howard’s mother said her daughter was last seen at home near North Tremont and West 12th Street.
The 16-year-old left for school, but never made it to class. Her mother believes she may have met someone online.
Despite the circumstances, NCMEC is hoping for a safe outcome in all of the cases.
“We believe strongly there are other cases like what we’ve seen in Cleveland, where the three ladies escaped captivity, there’s another Jaycee Dugard out there,” said Lowery. “We are very confident and another Elizabeth Smart. We’re going to continue to look for those children and hopefully find them and reunite them with their families.”
The billboards can be seen along interstates near Martinsville, Moorseville, Greenwood and Plainfield.
If you think you may have seen Boyer or Howard before you’re asked to call police.