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Missing persons organization gets renewed hope and urgency

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Representatives from the CUE Center for Missing Persons are looking to the Cleveland, Ohio missing persons case with a sense of renewed hope. They believe if Cleveland had a happy ending maybe it can happen elsewhere.

"It's like WOW," CUE Founder Monica Caison said.  "How many other cases out there that you have questioned that you are helping with and that you are involved with for several years. Maybe we were right, maybe here - people are still alive too.

Caison thinks police departments can look to Ohio to recommit themselves to missing person cases that have gone cold.

"You have to go back," Caison said. "And look at things now, you have to go back - go back over tips and go back and meet with investigators."

CUE says it will do the same as parents have been calling the organization after seeing the story of the Cleveland girls missing for almost 10 years return home alive.

"Families excited," Caison said. "The news and sharing in the victory, but also sadness. They are saying when will it be my turn and they are in frustration, wondering if my investigators have put some tips aside or not answered some calls."

CUE has helped up to 1400 families in a year and have assisted in several local missing person cases.  Caison says when families are discouraged about what police are doing or not doing to find their loved one, she talks to them.

"You have to deal with each family," Caison said. "And try to encourage them that everyone is doing the best they can and bring their concerns to law enforcement."

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