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Families don’t give up hope after 30 years of missing a loved one

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DENVER -- While Mona Blee, Jean Rahier Langness and Bernice Abeyta live in different places, all have a unique and tragic bond.

Each mother, for on average 30 years, has been looking for a lost child.

On Saturday, all attended a first-of-its-kind gathering in Denver aimed at helping families of missing persons. The Longmont Police Department served as the primary coordinator.

Investigators reinterviewed families and provided tips on what they can to help their cases.

“I want answers, I want to know what happened to my son,” Langness said.

Langness’ son Robert Rahier went missing in Colorado Springs in 1990.

“I didn’t know we could take that step and talk to various supervisors,” Langness said.

Blee learned about a canine program that searches remote areas for free. Blee’s daughter Marie went missing in 1979 while attending a dance in Craig.

“That’s something we haven’t been able to do is get a dog,” Blee said.

As for Abeyta, she is just grateful to attend an event where she feels her son is not forgotten. Abeyta’s son Christopher was snatched from his crib in 1986.

“I loved meeting with the parents of other missing children – we encourage each other a lot," Abeyta said.

There are more than 1,300 missing persons cases in Colorado.

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