Dozens of Families Attend Missing Persons Event in Sacramento

More than two dozen families attended a first-of-its-kind event to spotlight the plight of missing persons in Sacramento County over the weekend.

The event was held at the Harper Alumni Center at Sacramento State University and organized by the county sheriff’s department. Loved ones gathered to share flyers of their missing loved ones, report missing people, or add information to existing missing persons reports.

“We’re trying to draw attention to the amount of missing persons cases there are, and the missing and unidentified remains cases not just here in Sacramento, but throughout the region,” said Sgt. Shaun Hampton.

There are currently 19,660 missing persons in California and over 3,000 cases of unidentified remains. According to Paige Kneeland of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, there are 1,193 missing persons out of Sacramento County alone. As County News reported earlier this year, Humboldt County - just over 300 miles north of Sacramento - has the highest rate of missing persons per capita in California.

For more information about missing persons, visit the website for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System or NamUS