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Never stopping the search: conference focuses on missing persons

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A belief at the Cue Center for Missing Persons is that the search for a loved one never stops. The proof, is shown as missing persons photos on the website still show a photo of a woman who went missing in 1941.

The Cue Center is holding its 9th annual missing persons conference titled "Pathway to Resolution."

More than 240 experts and families of missing people from all over the country will come to the Cape Fear area to share stories and tips. The goal is to share comfort and empathy through stories and to teach why people go missing, and how to possibly prevent it from happening.

Attendees will have the chance to talk with coroners, law enforcement officials, search and rescue teams and people with the Department of Homeland Security.

Those who come to the conference will also get the chance to work on putting together large scale search and recovery operations while learning how they can make their own search efforts stronger. They will also learn about some technology used in searches like underwater sonar technology.

Adam Albright from the Cue Center said there are several unsolved missing persons cases in the Wilmington area. Most recently, 40- year-old David Cottle Junior went missing from Wilmington. Albright said they have received tips on his whereabouts, but none have worked out.

The event begins Friday at 8 a.m. and runs through Sunday at noon. There will be a candlelight vigil held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in front of the New Hanover County Courthouse to honor loved ones who were found in the past year.

The event is at the Courtyard Marriott in Carolina Beach and is $50.

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