Many of these cases are no longer being actively investigated but you could help reopen and solve them.

These heart-breaking cases always leave us with more questions than answers. Sometimes, the answers never come and for families, that can be a never-ending nightmare.

When a case is decided 'cold', it means active investigators are no longer pursuing, no longer searching and no longer investigating. According to a missing persons center, the first 72 hours are crucial.

That is where you come in. Sharing photos and Amber Alerts from IA. and IL.can provide swift action in helping children and families. But what happens when nothing happens? Could you being aware of the situation, actually help a cold case? Yes, it can. By being aware and paying attention to aged photos, you can still help save lives, even when some hope has been lost from years of looking.

Remember little Trudy Appleby? I haven't forgotten. Since 1996, when I was a teenager, this case has stuck out to me. Moline's Trudy is now 31 years old. She was last seen getting into a boxy, grey or silver vehicle with an unknown, white male in his 20's, with brown curly hair.


See a full list of missing children from IL.:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Illinois

See a full list of missing children from IA.:

Iowa Missing Person Information Clearing house in Iowa/Iowa Missing Persons

For other cases, after 10, 20 or even 40 years, these cases get solved. Some children return or for some, closure is finally had. I believe in miracles and am