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Volunteers from the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons will travel across the U.S. to raise awareness of missing children and adults. Volunteers from the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons will travel across the U.S. to raise awareness of missing children and adults.
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For the tenth year, volunteers from the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons will travel across the U.S. to raise awareness of missing children and adults. The team will be traveling through NC, SC, GA, FL, LA, AL, MS, VA and will attend numerous pre-planned rally stops hosted by various officials and missing person families and friends.

The public and media outlets are invited to attend. CUE will distribute press kits, booklets, t-shirts, and valuable information concerning missing person's and unsolved homicide cases that have gone cold throughout the path of the tour.

"After so many years, these cases fade from the public's radar, but for the families and friends of a missing person, the nightmare continues - every minute of every day their loved one is absent," said CUE Founder, Monica Caison, who is leading the caravan of volunteers. The tour travels across the country to make sure that no case fades from memory. The annual campaign serves as a reminder by featuring cases that are in need of a resolution, "they need our help and the community's help to bring them home," she added.

This year's On the Road to Remember Tour will depart from North Carolina on October 3rd, ending ten days later on October 12th of 2013. A grand finale stop will welcome home the group in Wilmington, North Carolina. Upon completion of the planned route, the crew will have traveled over 3,500 miles through eight states. Volunteers, families of the missing, law enforcement agencies, groups, and officials will take part in various legs of the tour, which will include more than twenty five rally stops. The tour is slated to promote 102 missing persons and 6 unsolved homicide cases.

"Each year as we begin in preparation of the tour, we are reminded of the overwhelming amount of unsolved cases from across the country; we have to do more," CUE Founder, Monica Caison said. "The cases we feature are a small number compared to the NCIC Statistics listing between 700,000 to 850,000 cases reported annually on a national level, but I'm confident we will make a difference in those we represent," said Monica Casion.

For full tour dates, times and location, as well as a complete listing of cases featured on the tour, visit CUE on the web at www.ncmissingpersons.org "click on road tour" or e-mail cuecenter@aol.com or call Monica Caison at (910) 343-1131 or 24 Hour Line (910) 232-1687.

National Tour Purpose and Inspiration

The annual tour was created to generate new interest in cold cases of missing people across our nation. The inspiration came in 2004 from the case of a North Carolina college student, Leah Roberts, who had gone on a cross-country trip of self-exploration. Her wrecked and abandoned vehicle was found, but Leah remains missing. Leah's case went cold and interest faded until CUE volunteers set out on a grueling 14-day trip to retrace her route and inform the media of her disappearance and all of those who were missing in the path of the route. In Leah's case the tour's mission was to gain her national attention which was accomplished when it landed a feature story in People Magazine. In the years to follow, it seemed only right to keep hope alive after families from across the country voiced the need for more help and supported the tour idea.

National Tour Objective

The national road tour, called "On the Road to Remember," is an awareness campaign that primarily focuses on missing person cases that have gone cold or that have not received appropriate media coverage on the local level, much on the national level. The tour, which travels through many states annually, provides that attention.

In all cases of missing people, it is vital to inform the public of the missing person's circumstances quickly and to disseminate that information to the media and the community. In most cases where details are released immediately to the public through an organized campaign, the public brings forth information that aids in the investigation and or in the location of the victim. The media plays a significant role in getting the word out on the behalf of the missing person and should be recognized as a vital resource to any investigation.

Interest in many of the cases CUE has featured in previous tours has been renewed. The media has learned about local cases they were unaware of; case investigations have been sparked, and searches conducted. Information has resulted in new leads in some cases, and has even helped identify an unknown decedent, returned children of a parental abduction, and in 2008 solved a cold case of twenty-eight years. In each tour year, some of the featured missing cases have been found from various efforts prompted by the tour's visit. These successes are the primary the reason for tour's existence today.

It is the belief of the CUE Center for Missing Persons that all investigators, the public, volunteers, and the media should work in collaboration on cases involving missing children and adults. Until this happens, there will continue to be cases of the missing labeled "cold", "inactive" or "unsolved".

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