Ohio Women Give Hope for Other Missing Persons

Posted at: 05/08/2013 10:39 PM
Updated at: 05/08/2013 10:43 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) --It was a case that shocked the nation, three woman who've been missing for ten years, found alive.

Though it may have been easier for some to assume their loved one is gone forever, Victor Vieth with the National Child Protection Training Center says, you can’t give up. "We've worked with over 750 families where a child's missing and many times it takes years," said Vieth

His group has teamed up with the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. A group that started after an 11 year-old was kidnapped from his hometown, in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

"Until they find the child one way or another, there's always hope," said Vieth. The kind of hope that you see in this next case, anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit disappeared 18 years ago next month from Mason City, Iowa.

Deputies we spoke with said, in any state, the search for someone who's gone missing, doesn't stop. "We do phone calls, we do interviews with individuals that identify with them, we check known associates, anywhere that person could possibly end up," said Sgt. Tom Claymon with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Department.

Even if someone is suspected of running away, like one of the Ohio women, Michelle Knight. "We have individuals in our jurisdiction that would fit that habitual run-away status or habitual missing person status, but each time it's a clean slate, we treat it that way. We treat it as though it's the first time," said Sgt. Claymon.

Though a number of these cases remain unsolved, experts like Vieth say, keep searching. "We actually get more good news than we often think," said Vieth.

On the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center’s website, http://www.jwrc.org/, there are ways to teach your children what to do if they get in a situation where they could be taken.