Families of Missing Minn. Children Hold Rally for Support

Updated: 05/25/2014 8:09 AM
Created: 05/24/2014 8:31 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Families of missing Minnesotans gathered for a rally in New Hope.

They met as a preview for International Missing Children's Day on Sunday. An estimated 8 million children go missing each year. Of those, 800,000 are in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The group asked drivers to honk their horns to support their efforts.

Shelia Bradley-Smith says her nieces have been missing since 2011. She also says friends and neighbors have to do more, not just for her nieces, but all missing people.

"Law enforcement, they are the most helpful in finding our missing persons but the community, those are the people that call the tips in," Bradley-Smith said. "If it's not being shown in the community, law enforcement, they'll never get the needed tip."

The Jacob Wetterling Foundation donated materials for Saturday's rally.

Jacob disappeared in St. Joseph in 1989 and is still missing.

Susan Pagnac, whose daughter has also been missing since 1989, attended the event. Investigators said they have wrapped up their search of the Pagnac home where the missing Maple Grove girl once lived, but the investigation into Amy Pagnac's disappearance continues.

Authorities began searching the home of Pagnac's parents last Sunday. On Saturday, they announced the search was finished, but they declined to provide details about it.

A photo of Jacob Wetterling from 1989 (left) and a age-progressed photo depicting what he might look like present-day at 29 years old.
Photo: KSTP/File

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