Missing Persons Day highlights cold cases, ways to cope for families


Senator Jim Tedisco and Mary Lyall, from the Center for Hope, hosted the 18th Annual Missing Persons Day at the State Museum in Albany.

The annual event draws attention to missing persons cases, while enabling families to share ways of coping and keeping hope alive.

Lyall and her late husband Doug started the Center for Hope after their daughter, Suzanne, disappeared from the University of Albany in 1998.

“It provides them hope, when they communicate with one another they know there are other people in the same position and they are working together today in the 18th annual day to hope that we never have another Missing Persons Day,” said Senator Tedisco.

This year’s keynote speaker was doctor Maggie Zingman, a psychologist who has worked with families involved in cold cases and missing persons for 15 years.  Her own daughter, Brittany Phillips, went missing and was later found murdered.

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