INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Wednesday a new website to help police solve missing people cases. Investigators hope it will help solve the more than two dozen cases that date back to 1978, one of those being Michael Summers.
“It seems like yesterday but it's been three years. Somebody out there knows something,” said Wanda Jacobson, Michael Summers’ sister.
Tuesday marked the three year anniversary of Summers' disappearance. His sister has never given up searching for him, and she makes sure the police don't either.
“Until we find something solid and concrete, we have hope and we will always have hope,” says Jacobson.
Now Summers’ picture is plastered on a new website along with 27 others, some of them missing since 1978.
“Certainly it's a way to get old older cases. I hate the term cold case but in fact it's what I refer to as a long-term case because with us these cases are never closed, they go on and on,” says Sgt. Paul Scott of the IMPD Missing Persons Unit.
The Missing Persons Unit spent months putting together a website that would keep these cases alive.
“There's really no way not to get attached. The detectives get attached to the families of these people and it's just a difficult thing to do. You just learn to live with that and it makes you work harder,” says Sgt. Scott.
Originally expected to launch in early 2013, investigators researched and retooled it. Now Summers’ family hopes the faces of the missing won't be ignored.
“I hope if it even helps one family the site was well worth it. If it could just help one person hopefully it could be anybody, but I hope it's ours,” says Jacobson.
IMPD says there are around 4 other cases that will be added to the website. IMPD hopes this site will be a great way for people to give tips on these cases anonymously.
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