Parents of missing children to speak at Albany event

Families and friends of abducted children and other missing people from across the country will gather at the state museum on Sunday, April 6, to talk about their own experiences and to teach other families how to prevent such tragedies.

The event is part of the seventh annual Missing Persons Day ceremony.

Missing Persons Day is observed annually on April 6, Suzanne Lyall's birthday. The former SUNY Albany student has been missing since March 2, 1998.

This annual event provides families with missing loved ones with support and guidance, said Doug Lyall, Susan's father. "Collectively, we offer one another hope."

Arthur J. Eisenberg, one of the nation's leading authorities on DNA technology, will be the featured speaker at 2 p.m. in the Huxley Theater. He will talk about the ways in which DNA technology is being used to help solve missing persons' cases.

Prior to Dr. Eisenberg's speech, a ceremony will be held in the museum's Huxley Theater, beginning at 1 p.m..

Following the speeches and presentations, members of families with missing loved ones will place wreaths of yellow roses and hold a candlelight vigil at the Missing Persons Remembrance monument, located on the southeast corner of Madison and Swan streets.

During the morning of April 6 nearly 200 survivors and friends of missing persons and interested parties are expected to attend a private morning session exclusively for the families and missing person organizations, sponsored by the Center for Hope.""

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