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NY Missing: National Missing Persons Conference

Local families gather in North Carolina to talk about their missing loved ones.
This past weekend, the families of missing people from all over the country, descended on North Carolina for the National Missing Persons Conference put on by the Cue Center. Several families from our area were there and so was News 8. 

It's a moving tribute. A candle light vigil is held to remember those who are gone.   "I get a lot of support from my family and friends, but also from Cue. That's what gets you through your days," says Dawn Drexel. Her daughter Brittanee has been missing since April 2009. The Chili teen disappeared while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach.

"It does become your family. Cue has been on Brittanee's case since day one. They have done a lot as far as supporting us. The advocacy and being around other families that are going through the same thing," says Dawn.

She is sharing her experiences with other families in the same situation. Barbara Sullivan's son Brian has been missing since July 2007.

"It's really great to come. Everybody here is going through the same thing you are and really gets it. We can just kind of go through our classes and just have time to be with people going through the same thing. It feels like family," says Sullivan.

At the conference families attend classes that teach them how to keep their son's and daughter's stories alive. They also talk to each other. It's a way to help heal their wounds.

"Hopefully if this happens to somebody else, we'll be able to go to them and help them so that they don't have to go to the struggles that we did," says Sullivan.   

The Cue Center was started in 1994 by Monica Caison. She works 24/7 searching for missing people. She says bringing families together is sometimes the best medicine. "The families create a bond here that is very well needed. They talk to each other over the weekend, help each other get through. It's a place where they don't have to speak internally about their feelings because they all know what each other are going through."

Brittanee Drexel and Brian Sullivan are still missing. If you have any information on either case, you can call the Cue Center at (910) 343-1131. Or contact local law enforcement.

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