November 24, 2014

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Cuyahoga County plans new ‘Missing Persons Initiative’

CLEVELAND — The county leader in Cleveland plans to discuss details of a new “Missing Persons Initiative” intended to help locate those who have disappeared and offer help for residents and law enforcement in that process.

The planned Thursday announcement by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Sheriff Frank Bova comes 10 days after 911 calls led police to a home where they found three missing Cleveland women. The homeowner suspected of kidnapping and holding them captive for about a decade is expected to plead not guilty.

The county administration says coordinating with the community is key in missing-person cases.

In recent years, Cleveland police have overhauled how they handle missing-person and sex crime investigations based on recommendations issued after the remains of 11 women were found at a man’s home.