WHAT: Inaugural Richmond Missing Persons Day EventWHEN: Noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 29
WHERE: New Life Deliverance Tabernacle, 900 Decatur St.
BACKGROUND: The Richmond Police Department is partnering with Toni Jacobs, mother of Keeshae and Deavon Jacobs, to hold a Richmond Missing Persons Day event – a first for the city.
This event is in response to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proclamation designating April 29 Virginia Missing Persons Day establishing the Commonwealth’s commitment to “ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens.”
“This is not only about my son and daughter, but all the families who are missing a loved one,” said Ms. Jacobs.
Her daughter, Keeshae, was last seen on Sept. 26, 2016 and her son, Deavon, was the victim of a homicide on Jan. 8
“We are here to support Ms. Jacobs and others who are missing loved ones,” said Major Sydney Collier. “As a Department, we want to provide guidance and assistance to anyone whose friends or family members go missing. In turn, this helps our officers get the information they need to bring those loved ones home.”
Richmond Police officers will also be present and will provide educational materials addressing concerns and information to help keep loved ones safe.
The general public is invited to participate and wear yellow to honor those who are missing. Several speakers are scheduled to appear. There will be food, music, and activities including fingerprinting and identification cards for children.