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Coasters for Hope program hopes to solve local missing person cases

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MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. – A pilot program that hopes to use coasters to generate leads in missing person cases launches Thursday in the Capital Region.

The new "Coasters for Hope" pilot program will distribute coasters with photos and information about seven local missing persons to restaurants and taverns across the Capital Region. Each drink coaster will have a number where people can anonymously call or text a tip to law enforcement about a missing person's case.

The program was born from a partnership between Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) along with Doug and Mary Lyall of the Center for Hope, and DeCrescente Distributing Company.

Suzanne Lyall, a UAlbany student who has been missing since 1998, will be one of the seven featured on the coasters. The remaining six coasters will be unveiled on Thursday, December, 12 at 11 a.m. at DeCrescente Distributing Company's 39 Viall Avenue Pub, located at 200 North Main Street, in Mechanicville.

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