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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children busy after Cleveland case

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At the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria Tuesday, the phone rang constantly. Family members of missing children looking for an update, hoping their cases may also end like Ohio.

The center played a vital role in the search for the missing Ohio girls.

Forensic artist Steve Loftin personally created the age enhanced photo of Gina DeJesus a few years ago.

The updated poster of Amanda Berry was completed here just a few weeks ago.

Officials at the center are now entering a new phase, helping the victims on the long road to recovery. They have several teams already dispatched to Cleveland to meet with the women and their families.

“Every family heals in their unique way,” Jennifer Eakin, a case manager, said. “It's a very personal and very private process. It’s very helpful, or it has been told to be very helpful to have families who have gone through the same thing.”

Ironically, the center on Tuesday plans to honor one of its success stories.

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped and held hostage for 18 years. Dugard released a statement saying the Ohio incident proves the human spirit is incredibly resilient more than ever this reaffirms we should never give up hope.

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