The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will host the Missing in Colorado event on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lowry Conference Center (1061 Akron Way, Bldg. 697, Denver, CO) relay a message .
Family and friends of missing persons in Colorado are invited to attend the Missing in Colorado event, which offers a range of resources for affected families. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with investigators, share information such as photos, dental records, DNA, etc., and enter information about their loved ones into a national missing persons database.
“The Missing in Colorado event and events like it are critical to raising awareness of the issue, and meeting and providing support to the families and friends of the missing is most important,” said CBI Director John Camper. “Another component of these events is to update records of the missing where possible. By ensuring the accuracy and completeness of records, investigators increase the chances of bringing those loved ones home.”
A support group will be part of a luncheon to provide additional resources for families of the missing. Lunch is from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and is for families only.
As part of the event, organizers are hosting a partner fair where families of missing people can learn about resources that can help families through this difficult process. Groups participating in the partner fair include the Boulder County Coroner, Representatives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives, NamUs, CBI Cold Case Unit, Victim Advocates, Age Progression, Unidentified Person display statewide, Facial Reconstruction, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Families of murder victims and missing persons.
Spanish speakers will be present at the event.
For families of missing persons who are unable to attend the event, the CBI offers a comprehensive website with a variety of missing person resources.
As of August 1, there are a total of 1,329 active missing persons records in the state. Almost 700 of them have been missing for at least a year, and some have been missing for decades.
The oldest documented missing persons case in Colorado dates to 1933. Additionally, the CBI’s Cold Case Database lists 407 missing persons cases where the party has been missing for three years or more.
To date, 348 missing persons from Colorado and 92 cases of unidentified remains have been added to the National Missing Unidentified Person System (NamUs). Founded in 2009, NamUs has a mission to bring people, information, forensics and technology together. NamUs helps resolve missing, unidentified, and unclaimed persons cases across the United States.