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story.lead_photo.caption In this June 2016 photo, Marianne Asher-Chapman holds holds her missing daughter's flyer and family photos. Angie Yarnell went missing 13 years ago, and Asher-Chapman ties green ribbons, similar to the ones on the tree in the background, to keep her memory alive. Photo by Annie Rice / News Tribune.

More than 1,000 open missing person cases have been solved thanks to observant Missouri hunters.

Missouri Missing Co-founder Marianne Asher-Chapman, of Holts Summit, said anyone who spends time in the outdoors can help find clues that could lead to closure for the loved ones of missing persons.

"Hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts cover more ground than the families and authorities do when searching," Asher-Chapman said.

As hunting seasons open, Missouri Missing asks hunters to report things that don't belong in the area where they hunt such as clothes or personal items like jewelry.

"We ask that you please tag the area and don't disturb it," Asher-Chapman said. "Leave the area the same way you came in."

While hunters may not be able to stay at a site until authorities arrive, Asher-Chapman said they ask that they get the GPS coordinates of the area and take photos.

For more information, go to MissouriMissing.org.

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