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Massachusetts Missing Children’s Day Virtual Event Held May 18

Missing Children’s Day was observed at the Massachusetts State House on May 18 with a virtual discussion that highlighted long-term cases as well as best practices in missing children investigations. The event was hosted by Senator Anne Gobi, Rep. Todd Smola, Dr. Ann Marie Mires, Director of Forensic Criminology at Anna Maria College, and Melanie McLaughlin, Ed.M Product Productions LLC. Dr. Mires, representing the Molly Bish Center at Anna Maria College, moderated the forum. District attorneys from four MA districts (Bristol, Essex, Hampden and Middlesex) shared their experiences and case updates. This year’s event centered around the theme of collaboration and demonstrated how teamwork between law enforcement, victims’ families, community leaders and politicians can create a wider network of people. who are more likely to find answers about missing, murdered and unidentified children. The event also brought to light the 94 children who have already been missing since the start of 2022. The family of Molly Bish, a 16-year-old who disappeared from her job as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren in 2000, created this annual State House event in Massachusetts to share the experiences of missing children and their families. Spectrum News coverage of Missing Children’s Day is available here.