By Melanie Posey
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRC) - Beth Holloway hopes the center she has opened in her daughter's memory will serve as a point of light for all who are missing. That is what she told reporters during the center's opening ceremony at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C.
It has been five years since Holloway's 18-year-old daughter, Natalee, went missing while on a senior class trip to the island of Aruba. She has yet to be found.
Her case got national attention, but Beth Holloways realizes there are many other cases out there that do not. "These families, like mine, have all experienced the unimaginable," Holloway said. "The Natalee Holloway Resource center's focus is education and crime prevention."
The center will have phone lines manned 24-7 through a call center in Orlando, Florida. Once a loved one goes missing, the family contacts the center and an immediate action plan will is made that will include making media contacts, setting up command centers and designing posters.
"When Natalee went missing, we desperately needed contact information, law enforcement information, government resources, organization of foot soldiers, setting up command centers and media engagement," Holloway said. "I feel confident it will serve as a point of light for all missing."
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