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"Missing Children Golf Benefit" Raising Money to Purchase Child ID Kits
Judy Hayes, Program Analyst
Oregon State Police
Missing Children / Adults
(503) 934-0188

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Openings are still available for three 4-person teams to participate in the upcoming 12th Annual Oregon State Police "Missing Children Golf Benefit" on July 19th at Creekside Golf Club in Salem. The local summertime golf benefit raises money to purchase Child Complete Identification and DNA Kits that are distributed free to anyone to help police in the event a child becomes missing. Since 1999, over 220,000 ID kits have been distributed in Oregon.
Sponsored by the OSP Foundation, the "Missing Children Golf Benefit" is a 4-person scramble format limited to 30 teams that donate $500 ($125 per player) to participate. The team fee also covers driving range privileges, a Continental Breakfast, and skill prizes. Flight prizes will also be handed out based on gross/net scores in different categories. A silent auction and raffle prizes also help raise funds.
The child ID kits are not a budgeted item of the Oregon State Police. Over $14,750 was raised during last year's golf benefit to purchase Child Complete Identification and DNA Kits. The kits only take a few minutes to fill out, are non-intrusive and contain valuable information including a place for a photograph, medical information, personal information, DNA cheek swab sample, fingerprints (self inking strip included), dental information and physical description. Once completed, the kit can be sealed in a zip lock bag and kept in easily accessible, safe place.
According to Oregon's Missing Children's Clearinghouse program, there are approximately 800 kids under the age of 18 listed in LEDS/NCIC as missing of which about 92 percent are runaways, 4 – 5 percent are victims of custodial interference, and the remaining are missing under unknown circumstances.
Anyone interested in helping raise funds to purchase more Child ID kits by playing in the golf benefit can contact Judy Hayes, OSP Missing Children Program Manager, by calling 503-934-0188, or outside Salem call 1-800-282-7155.
Child Complete Identification and DNA Kits are available to order by email at childidkits@state.or.us.  Information about the Missing Children's Clearinghouse is available on the OSP website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/MCC/index.shtml.