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Cuyahoga County will take time out of this Memorial Day weekend to focus on the missing.

With at least 140 missing persons in Cuyahoga County, the sheriff’s department will hold its first Missing Persons Day. The goal is to raise awareness about missing persons and to find them.

“It’s a difficult goal, because unfortunately, statistics tell us that after about one year most missing person cases go cold case,” said Tanisha Knighton, Missing Persons Liaison for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department.

Of the 140 missing persons that the county knows about, 65 percent are children, many who have run away or have been put out of their homes.

Knighton said the Sunday event will offer families the opportunity to submit DNA and dental records in an effort to find their missing loved ones.

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