The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will host the Missing in Colorado event at the Lowry Conference Center (1061 Akron Way, Bldg. 697, Denver, CO), from 9:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022.
Family and friends of missing persons in Colorado are invited to attend the Missing in Colorado event, which will offer a number of resources for impacted families. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with investigators, share information such as photos, dental records, DNA, etc., and enter information about their loved ones into a national missing person database.
“The Missing in Colorado event and others like it are critical in bringing awareness to the issue and most importantly, to meet the families and friends of the missing and to provide support,” said CBI Director John Camper. “Another component of these events is to update records of the missing where possible. By ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the records, investigators increase the chances of bringing these loved ones home.”
A support group will be part of a luncheon to provide additional resources for families of the missing. The luncheon will be from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. and it is only for families.
As part of the event, organizers will host a partner fair where families of the missing can learn of resources that are available to help families through this difficult process. Groups participating in the partner fair include the Boulder County Coroner, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives representatives, NamUs, CBI Cold Case Unit, Victim Advocates, Age Progression, Unidentified Person display statewide, Facial Reconstruction, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons.
Spanish speakers will be available at the event.
For families of the missing not able to attend the event, the CBI offers a comprehensive website listing a variety of missing person resources.
As of August 1, there are a total of 1,329 active missing-person records in the state. Nearly 700 of those have been missing for at least one year, and several have been missing for decades.
The oldest missing persons case on record in Colorado is from 1933. Additionally, the CBI’s Cold Case Database has 407 missing person cases listed where the party has been missing for three years or more.
To date, 348 Colorado missing persons and 92 unidentified remains cases have been added to the National Missing Unidentified Person System (NamUs). NamUs was created in 2009 and its mission is to bring people, information, forensic science, and technology together. NamUs helps resolve missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States.