U.S. Department of Justice Observes Missing Children's Day 2005
Each year, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
and OJJDP sponsor events throughout the Nation.This year's
commemoration at DOJ recognized the outstanding efforts that law
enforcement personnel, private citizens, and corporations made on
behalf of missing and exploited children.
Among the citations presented this year were the 2005 Law Enforcement
Officer of the Year Award to Lt. Kenny Wynns of the Midwest City
(Oklahoma) Police Department and the AMBER Alert Citizen Award to
Charles Cogburn of Lamar, Arkansas. Altogether, more than 25 law
enforcement officers and organizations received either a 2005 National
Missing Children's Law Enforcement Award or a 2005 National
Exploited Children's Law Enforcement Award. Gay Smither from
Friendswood, Texas, whose 12-year-old daughter Laura was kidnapped
and murdered in 1997, addressed the commemoration audience.
Families of missing children were among the guests at the ceremony.
Other guests included representatives of child advocacy organizations,
Federal agencies, and corporate programs that help to recover missing
children. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the winning poster from
this year's National Missing Children's Day Art Contest