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      Ohio kidnapping case a sign of hope for SC families of missing

      CHARLESTON,S.C. (WCIV) - The Ohio girls kidnapping case has captivated the nation and has brought new hope for organizations for missing persons and families.

      "It's kind of like our Super Bowl," said Monica Caison, the founder of CUE Center for Missing Persons. "It doesn't happen often but when it does and when you actually win and get these people home safely it gives everyone a renewed since of hope."

      Caison says since Tuesday morning, the organization's phone has been ringing off the hook.

      "They began at 5:00 this morning, a mother crying when is it going to be her turn," she said.

      Caison says the day is bittersweet for many families waiting for closure. She also points out that this case proves there is reason to think positively.

      "Not everyone is deceased or murdered," she said. "Sometimes people are held against their will and held captive and they are kidnapped and it happens more and more than we ever know."

      According to the National Crime Information Center, there are approximately 727 current missing person cases in South Carolina.

      In the tri-county area there are currently 84 missing persons cases.

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