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For Immediate Release

May 24, 2013 Chris Bozeman, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Public Affairs Officer,
Western District of Texas (210) 271-2507
National Missing Children’s Day & The “Take 25” Campaign

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Texas Regional Office and the United States Marshals Service hosted a press conference on Wednesday, May 22nd, to recognize National Missing Children’s Day and the “Take 25” National Child Safety Campaign.  National Missing Children's Day was first observed in 1983, following a proclamation by U.S. president Ronald Reagan and is officially recognized on May 25th, the anniversary of the day in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school.  The “Take 25” National Child Safety Campaign provides parents with helpful suggestions and ideas to help prevent their children from becoming victims of kidnappings and child abductions.

David Boatright, Executive Director with NCMEC, Texas Regional Office, and Robert Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, along with other federal, state, and local officials in the region urged parents, guardians, teachers, and other caretakers to take 25 minutes to speak with their children about the importance of safety and ways to avoid child predators.

David Boatright, Executive Director with NCMEC, stated, “By taking 25 minutes out of the day to talk to children and find out what sites they are visiting or who they are chatting with online, it might help prevent abductions.”

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “Under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, the United States Marshals Service is dedicated to assisting jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who fail to comply with their sex offender registration requirements.  We will continue to work hand in hand with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, because many of these sex offenders we pursue become child abductors.”

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