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Missing Person Rally in Montgomery
Sunday, family members of missing people in Montgomery held a rally to raise awareness and bring more attention to their loved ones' cases. One family says they have not given up the search for nearly 15 years.
Pictures, flyers, and memories are nearly all the James family has left to fill the void of their missing member, George James. But what this family needs is a resolution.
Tillis James, mother of George James says, "The pain of going through that one memory of him leaving the house and me saying 'See you in a while replays every day.' 15 years. That's my world."
George James left his mother's home after an argument in November 1998. His car was found later that day 80 miles from her house, but he has not been seen since. According to his mother, witnesses saw him make a phone call at a convenient store just before his disappearance. Tillis James says after all these years she doesn't think she'll find her son alive, but she wants to find him so she can hold a proper funeral.
"I think that the police will do their job, and continue to do it, and find who did this, my job is to bring my son home," says James.
And that's exactly what Monica Caison, founder of the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons, wants to help her do.
"It definitely needs awareness and we're hoping that this will bring forth some tips to actually produce some information that maybe we can get to the next place to search," says Caison.
CUE Center for Missing Persons is on a 10-day National tour to raise awareness for missing persons cases across the country. Right now, they are working on 30 cases in Alabama with volunteers who can relate to the James family.
One of these volunteers being Elisa Stirling, Florida State Outreach Coordinator for CUE, "All of us on this tour have somebody or had somebody missing. This is my third year on the tour and it's not always that way, it just happens to be that way this year, and all of us have young men which seems to be the ones that don't get any attention," says Stirling.
But the heartbreak is just as fresh decades later.
"You can't touch their cheek again, you can't say I love you, it's empty. It's a void and there's no filling it," says James.
This rally is part of the On the Road to Remember National Missing Persons Tour to raise awareness about open missing persons cases.
If you have any information on this case, contact CUE Center For Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131.