Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Annual Candle Light Vigil & Dedication In observation of national missing children’s day

Annual Candle Light Vigil & Dedication In observation of national missing children’s day

Wilmington, N.C. — The CUE Center for Missing Persons will host their annual waterfront vigil to honor and remember missing children and adults. Each year hundreds of cases grow cold concerning the missing and or lost, said Monica Caison, founder of CUE Center in Wilmington. It is our goal to bring back their faces, names and stories to our community; the vigil helps us accomplish this each year.

This years wall dedication will be in remembrance of Octavio Lopez, who is still missing and presumed deceased after several days of search efforts by both law enforcement and CUE volunteers, off a waterway inlet. Two more to be honored is Mildred Tyson and Loie Barbour the sister and niece of a loving Charlotte family who suffered the devastation of two missing loved ones, both ending in homicide.

The unveiling of the wall will be done by United States Marine Corps. (Base Camp Lejuene - Marine Corps. School - H&S Company. A national prayer by Angie Davis of Winnabow, NC and guest speaker Brandy Shipp will arrive on May 24th to bring attention to her mother, Summer Shipp who has been missing for five months and the case is still unsolved.

Special recognition for the Keeper of the Flame Award recipients are, Det. Doug Perry from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Dept., Sheila Brothers, Penny Carr Britton and Emma Zack. The award is to acknowledge a person from the sectors of media, law enforcement or businesses who have gone beyond the call of duty in there service to aid the search of missing persons and provide support to those who suffer a missing loved one.

CUE volunteers would like to invite the public to attend, candles will be provided and free tee shirts will be given out while they last. This event will have many special guests, families of the missing, performance by children Mallory Malter and Kyndall Westerbeek, lighting of candles and much more.

In attendance will be, Penny Carr Britton, mother of Peggy Carr who would have turned 40 years old on May 15, 2005. Peggy was abducted in 1998 and murdered, her remains were found seven month later. Although CUE was founded in 1994, Peggy Carr is considered to be CUE Center’s landmark case.

Where: Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington, NC Time: 7:30 pm

To date, the nonprofit CUE Center has assisted more than 6,000 families in need by conducting searches, investigating cases, and by providing counseling and other services as needed.

You can learn more about CUE by visiting www.ncmissingpersons.org. # # # CUE Center for Missing Persons
228 Eastwood Road A-3 pmb 123
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 343-1131 (910) 232-1687
Non-Profit 501c3 Organization Founded in 1994, the non-profit CUE Center, based in Wilmington, N.C., provides support, services and search efforts to families of the missing. To date, we have assisted more than 6,000 families in need. CUE is supported by community donations and active volunteers.