Friends, family turn out to remember missing

Sara D. Marshall, Grandview. Missing since Feb. 28, 2010.

Baron L. Guston, Florissant. Missing since Aug. 11, 2009.

Angela Marie Hammond, Clinton. Missing since April 4, 1991.

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Mary Potter adds another missing person button to her hat as she works a booth at the Missouri Missing event in the Capitol Rotunda. Her son, Timothy Potter, disappeared from Rolla on Jan. 19, 2007.

These are just a few of the more than 1,200 missing persons reported in Missouri.

These plus more than 50 unidentified people were honored Friday at the Capitol Rotunda as Missouri Missing gathered to commemorate June 17th as Missouri Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness Day by proclamation of Gov. Nixon.

“We rarely hear about the more than 140,000 missing and unidentified persons in the U.S. It is truly a silent mass disaster,” B.J. Spamer, program manager at the University of North Texas’ Center for Human Identification, said Friday.

Missouri Missing is working to change that.

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