PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)--Arizona law enforcement agencies have continued the tradition of remembering and honoring those who have disappeared around the Valley.
The fourth-annual "Missing in Arizona Day" is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public.
This year there are over 84,000 cases of missing people reported nationally. Almost 2,000 of those missing are reported from Arizona.
These are estimated statistics from the Phoenix Police Department, which says "the real numbers may actually be higher, since many cases in the past have been mishandled, improperly closed, or go unreported."
A number of law enforcement booths and representatives will be at the event, including Phoenix Police and the Maricopa Office of the Medical Examiner.
Law enforcement will be on site to take reports of missing persons. Additional information and DNA samples from close relatives are also welcomed to assist in creating a profile for a missing person.
Activities during the event include:
- Support group for families of the missing at 2 p.m.
- Candle-lighting ceremony at 3 p.m.
This year's "Missing in Arizona Day" will be held on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the ASU New College at West campus.