PORTLAND – On National Missing Children’s Day Sunday, missing Northwest children, including Sky Metalwala and Kyron Horman, were remembered and officials offered tips for parents to protect their kids.
While Horman is the most well-known missing Oregon child, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said thousands of children disappear in America every year.
“Shaina Kirkpatrick and her sister Shausha Henson went missing on April 4, 2001. Khoi Vu vanished on April 7, 2007. Kyron Horman disappeared on June 4, 2010. These children – all from the Pacific Northwest - remain missing today,” said Beth Ann Steele of the FBI.
In Washington, families brought photos and flyers to a store parking lot in Tukwila.
Solomon Metawala has been looking for his son, Sky, since the little boy’s mother reported him missing in Bellevue 2 1/2 years ago.
"The police are doing their job. They say that the case is still open and I'm doing my job as a dad to make awareness and to let people know that please be a lookout, my son is missing,” he said.
Thomas Payne, whose daughter Kayla is missing from Chehalis, attended an event in Tumwater.
"I have been searching for her for the past four years now," he told KING 5.
Steele said the FBI was encouraging every family to take steps to protect their children.
The free Child ID App allows parents to create profiles for their children and upload recent photos. If their child disappears, parents can then easily show police what the child looked like and what they were wearing.
Steele also warned that Child sex trafficking is a national problem and parents should be aware about the dangers of sex trafficking crimes.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 to be National Missing Children's Day