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Renewed pleas to search for the missing on anniversary of Cleveland escape

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Janice Smith, the aunt of Gina DeJesus, was emotional Tuesday when she visited Seymour Avenue for the first time, one year after her niece was rescued.

Her mission along with others is help in the search for the missing.

"This is to give other parents who have children missing and adults missing hope, hope that they will be found," Smith said.

Leading the mission to "hope" were the Guardian Angels and law enforcement.

"We have missing persons flyers just with their faces and circumstances," said Captain Keith Sulzer with the Cleveland Police Department

Captain Sulzer was among the many walking door to door handing out missing persons flyers.

Cleveland cops are brushing up on handling missing adults, kids and even human trafficking cases, even forms to fill out for alerts.

"It's proactive and if they don't come to us we're going to come to the public and ask them for their help," Sulzer said.

"The celebration of these girls coming home has not only brought the spotlight in the city of Cleveland but on the state of Ohio," said Pastor Angel Arroyo with the Guardian Angels.

One year later the message is clear.

"Don't give up we will find those children we will find those adults that are missing," Smith said.

The Guardian Angels have a missing person's alert system Attorney General Mike Dewine is looking at.

More than 80 reported missing persons are in Cleveland alone.

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