Missing Children’s Day: May 25, 2015

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Darlene Tucker
Missing Children’s Day: May 25, 2015

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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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May 25th was proclaimed as Missing Children’s Day in 1983 to mark the day in 1979 that 6-year-old Etan Patz left home to walk the two blocks to his New York City school bus and vanished. Missing Children’s Day is now a time to remember all of the missing children across the country whose families are still searching. It is a day of renewed hope for families and a reminder for all Canadians to keep searching.

For every missing child, there is a family that is incomplete; a family whose child has not come home. Darlene Tucker’s family has been living that nightmare for over 30 years.

That’s why today, on International Missing Children’s Day, the Halton Regional Police Service and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) would like to remind Canadians that any information may be the key to help officers solve Darlene’s case or provide answers to her family.

“It’s critical that we keep missing children’s stories in the public eye because there’s always hope that someone will do the right thing and come forward with new information that could lead to a missing child being located,” says Christy Dzikowicz, Director of Missing Children Services at the Canadian Centre.

Detective Sergeant John Mans is the head of the Homicide and Missing Person Unit that maintains carriage of these long term missing person cases. “These particular cases remain with the officers who have dedicated their careers to assisting families that struggle with the uncertainty of what happened to their loved one on a day to day basis regardless of how much time has passed. As technology and social media advances become more and more of our day to day tools, we are forever dedicated to applying them to these “cold” cases with the hope of making that final break through or uncovering that key piece of information that will bring closure for these families”.

Darlene Tucker – family continues to search for their daughter

Darlene Tucker, only 16 at the time, was last seen leaving a residence in Oakville on February 14, 1983.

Sadly, she never returned home.

Darlene has hazel eyes and stands 5’3” tall. At the time of her disappearance she had dark brown hair, weighed 120lbs and had a noticeable space between her front teeth.

Anyone with information about Darlene Tucker is urged to contact MissingKids.ca at 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477) or the Halton Regional Police Service at 905-825-4776. Tips can also be submitted online at www.missingkids.ca. All information can be shared confidentially.

Canadians can help in the search for missing children by signing up for MissingKidsALERT at www.missingkidsalert.ca to receive geographically targeted alerts through a variety of electronic platforms when a child in their community goes missing. Canadians can also view MissingKids.ca’s Missing Children Database by visiting www.missingkids.ca/app/en/missing_children_database.

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