The Colorado Bureau of Investigation hosted Colorado Missing Persons’ Day for the fourth year, on Monday.
Those involved remembered the more than 500 people who have been missing for more than a year across Colorado.
Monday also marked six years since Kelsie Schelling disappeared from Pueblo.
As name after name was read, family members of victims clutched photos of a face they haven’t seen in years, hoping someone has.
“The 526 names that were read today, that’s a staggering number. I think that’s why its so important to read each name indivually, then you get the impact of ‘Oh my gosh.’ I cannot belive this there is that many families in our state that are dealing with this heartbreak,” Saxton said.
The group sticks together no matter how long it takes because they know the pain.
“We share a common tragedy and its a lot of us have a missing person in our family, the grief is different because you don’t know, you don’t have answers,” said Denis Alves, Christopher Abeyta’s sister.
Abeyta was snatched from his crib in the middle of the night on July 15, 1986.
“We’ve been searching for him for three decades,” said Alves.
Laura Saxton pushed to start Missing Persons’ day in the state and hopes it will remind legislators to give law enforcement the resources to keep up on these cases.
Her family is honoring her memory by having a virtual vigil starting at 7 p.m.