Jeanne Savoy is hoping for a big gathering this weekend of Louisiana residents who know the pain of a missing family member.
Savoy’s niece disappeared more than three years ago, one of many people in the state who went missing one day and haven’t been heard from since. Some have been missing for decades.
So Savoy has organized a gathering and walk titled “Missing Persons Day 2016,” which was authorized in a proclamation by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
It’ll take place Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Breaux Bridge. Sign-up for the event is at 10 a.m., with the walk starting at 11 a.m. from the corner of Courthouse and North Berard streets.
There will be speakers following the walk, including St. Martin Parish prosecutor Chester Cedars and officials from the Breaux Bridge Police Department, the Acadiana Counseling Center and LSU Faces Laboratory.
To register, email FindCrystalNow@yahoo.com or visit the Help Find Crystal Dupuis Grebinger page on Facebook. Savoy asked that family members and friends bring a photo of the missing loved one.
“If you have a missing loved one, bring a picture and attend this event,” Savoy said.
According to LSU’s Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People, there are 255 active missing cases in the state. One involves Crystal Dupuis Grebinger.
She was 32 when she walked out of a Lafayette shelter for abused women in February 2013 and hasn’t been seen since. She has four children, now ages 11 to 17.
State Police are now handling the Grebinger investigation and have kept the case open, Master Trooper Brooks David said.
The Grebinger case is just one of many involving Louisiana residents.
Another is Judy Ann Gary, a 19-year-old St. Martinville girl, last seen walking to a drug store Aug. 1, 1986. Then there is Donna Marie Gonzales, who was 27 when she disappeared in Rayne on April 7, 1992, according to the repository website.
Another Louisiana resident on the missing list might have been a victim of Louisiana’s turbulent 1960s civil rights era. Joseph “JoeEd” Edwards was a black man in his mid-20s when he disappeared July 12, 1964, from Vidalia, in Concordia Parish.
A more recent disappearance is that of Keiosha Felix, who on April 30, 2012, vanished from the Duson home she was living in. She was 15 at the time. Officials believe the now-19-year-old might be alive and living in the Baton Rouge area, according to the repository website.