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Cuyahoga County officials debut missing persons database and community liaison
Paul Kiska, newsnet5.com
12:32 PM, Nov 18, 2013
6:37 PM, Nov 18, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio - A newly created missing persons unit and database in Cuyahoga County debuts this week.
The announcement is part of a "topping off" construction ceremony for the new county administration headquarters being built at East 9th Street & Prospect Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
The last steel beam was put in place on the new office building that will also house the new missing persons unit and database.
Until the Cuyahoga County Missing Persons Initiative was launched, there was no collective resource that identified the total number of missing persons within Cuyahoga County, according to a county press release.
The database will be overseen by a newly created position for a liaison.
Tanisha Knighton was hired by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department to assist municipalities by maintaining and updating the website and database.
Knighton will serve as a single point of contact for families, municipalities and outreach groups.
There are currently 104 missing persons cold cases profiled on the site mostly from Cleveland.
Cuyahoga County officials are working with dozens of municipalities to have them feature their cold cases on the databas eas well.