CLEVELAND - There are currently 147 people missing in Cuyahoga County, according to a website managed by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department.
“The majority of our missing people in Cuyahoga County are juveniles,” said Tanisha Knighton, missing persons liaison for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department.
The website is www.missingpersonscuyahoga.org . It’s part of the Cuyahoga County Missing Person Initiative and includes missing people from all municipalities within the county. Those people include men and women of a variety of ages and races.
“I’d just like to see her again,” said Gaynell Jackson, whose sister Charlene Price is listed on the website.
Price was last seen in 1997 at Jackson’s house on Addison Road in Cleveland.
“She helped her friends a lot,” Jackson added. “She was good people.”
“It’s a multi-purpose site for tips, for law enforcement to communicate with each other,” said Sheriff Frank Bova. "It’s the right thing in this day and age to have.”
Bova said the site is designed for police and the public to use. Plus, there are links to resources on the site for parents, a page to anonymously leave tips and basic information about each missing individual.
“They can gather the city they went missing in, when they went missing, a description of what they last had on, mental health that we should be aware of,” added Knighton.
Since the site launched in October, Knighton said the number of missing people has dropped by 133. But she said the decrease does not include any noteworthy findings. Rather, people have been taken off the website when their remains have been identified or juveniles have been located in places like detention centers.