The 13th Annual National Conference 2017

Theme 2017 – “Embracing Dignity & Courage”


Dates: March 16th through 19th of 2017

Mailing: Community United Effort (CUE Center For Missing Persons)
PO Box 12714  Wilmington, NC 28405

Office (910) 343-1131 24 hour line (910) 232-1687 Fax line (910) 399-6137


2017 Sponsor Packet (click to print)

Join us for our upcoming national conference for missing persons and those who work in the arena from law enforcement, advocates, volunteering, organizations or agency, investigation, search and rescue and the identification process of those who are lost. This event is open to all who support the mission of finding a resolution for families who have suffered a missing loved one and are have been a victim of crime.

Please share this information with anyone in the line if missing person work, family of a missing person or homicide victim; see below. To contact by email

◊ Advocacy concerning missing persons, families left behind or homicide victim

◊ Service agencies, non profit organization, law enforcement, search teams/groups, private investigators, coroner or those who work in the identification process

◊ Volunteers who are interested in training and becoming more involved

To learn more about CUE Center for Missing Persons please visit us at our web site or email us

Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors

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THE PASSAGE AWARD In Memory of “Susan Murphy Milano”

This award is given to an individual, who has suffered the loss of a loved one by being a missing person, victim of homicide or one that has survived the cruelties from intimate partner violence. This award recognizes the survivor that has healed and who has risen above to contribute oneself to those who remain in need of guidance, empowerment, support and who continually hold a devotion to the cause.

The loss of Susan has been felt across the nation, she was a true supporter of the missing and the CUE organization. She remains truly missed by all.

BIO: As an expert in the area of intimate partner violence and the prevention of homicide, Susan has created specific tools and procedures which the abused need to safely leave a violent relationship.Her books, “Defending Our Lives”, “Moving Out, Moving On” and Time’s Up, are considered the “bibles” of how to make the move away from abuse and deal with the many confusing situations surrounding violence prevention, stalking, break-up or divorce.Susan witnessed her father, a decorated Chicago Violent crimes Detective, brutally and violently attack her mother repeatedly. The words “if you leave I will kill you,” turned into reality the night Susan walked into her childhood home and found her mother murdered and her father in the next room dead from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head. Susan vowed then, and has, since the murder-suicide of her parents, carved out a road making changes in the way the world looks at violence in and outside the home.Her books and strategies are taught world-wide and used by law enforcement, domestic abuse advocates, social workers, attorneys, health care workers, human resource departments and domestic violence agencies. The comprehensive strategies and escape plans utilized by Susan have been successful and tested by time for over 20 years. Susan uses humor, passion, and all her years of experience to motivate her audience to become more effective first responders, advocates and professionals in their work to stop family violence.Susan’s quest for justice was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois Stalking Law and the Lauternberg Act. She has been prominently featured in newspapers, magazines, radio and television including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Radio, ABC’S 20/20, Justice Files, E-True Hollywood, CNN, Sunday Today Show Profile, Women’s Day, Family Circle, US News and World Report to name only a few. She has frequently participated in guest media commentary panels on major news programs.
2013 – Gail Soles
2014 – Lucy Combs
2015 – Marshia Morton
2016 – Donna Gore

Registration conference check in:

March 16, 2017, Thursday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

March 17, 2017, Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Note: The main hall entrance to the ballroom will remain open (Thursday) all day and evening hours for any participant or sponsor to set up items, informational handouts, missing person information or visuals, table display, banners, etc. When checking into the conference please request the person in charge for this area to help you in whatever you may need to assist you for a smooth process. You can also ship your items to the CUE Center, please be advised that the hotel will not handle items delivered to the hotel.

THE CONFERENCE CONCLUDES ON SUNDAY, MARCH 19th at 1:00 pm, Sunday you will join CUE Founder, Monica Caison in training, discussion, presentation of your conference plaque and a lunch.

SORC Meeting – Thursday, March 16, 2017

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State Outreach Coordinators Meeting: Closed to the public, this meeting is for directors 9:00 am 5:00 pm (Lunch will be served during meeting)

To learn more about the program and get involved please contact CUE Center anytime at or call 910-232-1687.

This meeting for is for the annual gathering and training for State Outreach Coordinators.



Thursday, March 16, 2017   (6:30 pm – 10:30 pm)

ASHI CPR PRO –  ASHI First Aid is a 4 hour class designed to help participants recognize medical emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care.  Teaches skills participants need to know in order to provide immediate care for a suddenly ill or injured person.  This class involves lecture as well as hands-on skills.  A certificate of completion will be issued to participants that attend, complete all required hands-on skills and complete the end of course written exam.  This class counts toward training hours for those who are NASAR SAR Tech II certified.
Classes will run Thursday evening and also Saturday and Sunday mornings, agendas will provided upon checking in at registration.

kellyInstructor: Kelly Walker

Kelly is a retired sergeant with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fl. with 32 years of Law Enforcement experience and 8 years of Law Enforcement K-9 experience.

Kelly has been involved with Search and Rescue since 2004 and has certified canines in Human Remains Detection and Trailing. Her Certifications have been with North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and through National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) as well as Network of Canine Detector Services (NOCDS). Kelly has attended numerous seminars and classes, ranging from search and rescue techniques, crime scene preservation, NIMS, HAZMAT training, Blood borne Pathogens education, and is a CPR Instructor through the American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI). Kelly is a Florida State Outreach Coordinator for CUE Center for Missing Persons.

Certifications: Trailing (NAPWDA, NOCDS, NASAR), HRD NAPWDA, NASAR, NASAR SARTECH II, Florida State K9 Instructor Criminal Justice and Training Commission (CJSTC), First Aid Instructor (CJSTC), CPR Instructor (AMA), Trailing Instructor for NOCDS

Memberships and Affiliations: First Response Search Team (Team President), CUE Center for Missing Persons, Child Abduction Response Team, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, NASAR, NOCDS


stephanieLead Instructor – Stephanie White

In 1987 I began my career with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and started teaching part time at the law enforcement academy in 1994. My real passion was teaching and in 1999 I left LCSO and became a full time instructor at the law enforcement academy. In 2002 I became the Medical First Responder Program Coordinator at the Florida Public Safety Institute/Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.

I’m a CPR and First Aid Instructor/Instructor Trainer and a Training Center Director for the American Safety and Health Institute. I have trained thousands of law enforcement, corrections and probation officers over the years in CPR and First Aid. I am a member of the First Response K-9 Search Team in Tallahassee, Florida and a State Outreach Coordinator.


We welcome this years videographer: Bryan Queen


Friday Night Conference Entertainment


Proclamation & Letters (2016)

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Peter Cestare – Horry County Police “Identifying a Crime Scene & When it begins

Norma Peterson – Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit  “EAA”


Topic Guest Speakers 2017

Dr. Laura Pettler – Crime Scene Staging & Reconstruction 
 As a former District Attorney’s Investigator, current Deputy Coroner, and practitioner in the field, Dr. Laura Pettler specializes in field work, consulting, research, and teaching investigation and reconstruction of staged crime scenes in domestic violence homicide hot and cold cases. Laura’s passion for her work is exemplified in everything she does from her writing to teaching, in raising her Friesian horses and French Bulldogs, to DIYing her farm, all the way to her former music career and in work in television new development. Laura is the author of the world’s first book on crime scene staging and she enthusiastically works to build field-friendly systems, methods, and models used in homicide investigation. She is the inventor of the Kaleidoscope Crime Scene Reconstruction System as seen on CSI TV programs on major networks. Laura frequently appears on television and radio shows and is the host of new WebTV Series Notorious Beaver County debuting in January 2017. Website:

Andy Whipple –  “Our Homeless Kids” Street Outreach Center-Project Lighthouse
 Andy Whipple, originally from Massachusetts, has been a resident of Horry County for twenty-five years. As a youth he encountered struggles similar to those youths involved with Sea Haven. At the age of thirty, he decided to go back to school and make a difference in the world, which lead him to Horry Georgetown Technical College and the Human Services Program. Immersing himself in college life he joined the Human Services Club and became Club President. Andy earned his way into Phi Theta Kappa with his academic excellence and excelled to the position of Vice President of Scholarships. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, and is now a part-time tutor at HGTC while working on his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College. Andy enjoys learning as much as helping others learn. Andy join the team through his full time student internship at the Street Outreach Center-Project Lighthouse. Due to his commitment and compassion, Andy moved into the position of Outreach Coordinator in May 2013, and was promoted to Program Manager in January 2016.

Lynn Sweetland – Survivor Speaker/Advocate/Abolitionist

Lynn, a survivor of sex trafficking, specializes in community outreach, advocacy, training and public speaking. Lynn’s focus is advancing prevention and awareness of human trafficking.
Lynn is a consultant for Washington DC’s Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crimes Survivor Forum, The National Survivor Network. She also serves on the advisory board for The Hope Project, a faith-based nonprofit that provides holistic services, counseling, case management and rehab services to victims of sex trafficking. She has also partnered with The Hope Project as she waits to start her own 501c3: SOSC2C (Stomping out Slavery, Coast to Coast). In addition, Lynn is also a Mentor and advisor to the Step-Froward 12-step recovery initiative to aide stability to those affected by human trafficking, as well as advisor to The Sanctum House, a safe shelter that also affords counseling and life skills trainings to victims/survivors.

Victims Hours Presentations

Families of the cases featured will share their story about their loved one and the struggles in an unforgiven journey

Missing – Randy Davis


National Candle Light Service

Candle_flame_(1)The annual service is hosted by the CUE Center for Missing Persons in honor of those once missing, now recovered. Families from across the country attend the water front ceremony seeking comfort, supporting the thousands who remain missing in “the unveiling of the wall”. Come and join those left behind for a beautiful tribute along Wilmington’s Cape Fear River front victim testimonies, musical dedication and so much more. Candles will be provided. The service is a part of the weekend long national conference 2016.

Saturday March 18, 2017 Time: 7:30 pm (Open to the public and candles will be provided)

Mistress of Ceremony – Sandra McClammy “The Midday Miss on Coast97.3”

smSandra McClammy aka “Sandra, The Midday Miss” was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. A graduate of the city’s inner city high school, New Hanover High, and the city’s college, UNCW has afforded her an excellent balance. As a teen growing up in the “hood” she vowed to never forget her roots and to grow socially in a manner by which she could have a conversation with anyone. As she grew into an adult, she learned how it is essential to recognize and embrace the desperate educational, social and economic conditions that affect young people. Today she has placed herself in the educational arena and entertainment world and thus educates youth via “edutainment”.

As a dancer and radio personality, Sandra understands how movement and music can provide solstice to the soul. With this Sandra also believes that as an educator it is critical to study and understand how we as adults can continue to help youth succeed despite the overwhelming odds against them. They must believe that they have a significant role in our society. Sandra is a UNCW graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Language and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Among the many boards and committees she serves on from the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors as Vice- Chair, to the Black Arts Alliance of Wilmington, she is also a proud member of the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As a member of worldwide DJ coalition, Core DJs, she is the host and the producer of the syndicated CORE DJ Radio Show. For Cumulus Broadcasting she is the music director and midday host on COAST 97.3. Sandra has been in radio for 17 years.

Guest Speaker –  


Reading of the Poem Dedication – Sheree Justus
FB_IMG_1456752898193-1Sheree has been a CUE volunteer since the late 90’s and is dedicated to the cause and the families that suffer a missing loved one. Her search for the right words to address those in need of hope each year are of a great need and one she does with honor.




Vocal Tribute  – TBA


National Prayer – Pastor Angie Davis

1383666_719930624686947_377433594_nReverend Angie Davis is fully ordained as a minister of the gospel. She has been in many positions of leadership in and outside of the church. Her present position is as an ordained Elder at Inspirational House of Praise in Leland, NC, where she is also the Praise and Worship leader. She is passionate in her endeavor of preaching and teaching the gospel as well as being a spiritual counselor to those in need.

She is also employed with local Ophthalmologist, Dr. Laura Harris, where she is the Surgical Coordinator. At present, she has been committed to officiating the National Candlelight Vigil Prayer for CUE for many years. It is her prayer that God will give the families comfort and courage as well as Hope through the Word of God and the knowledge that He is always there to lift them up. She is the mother of two children, Matt and Hannah. The grandmother of three, Caleb, Kameron and Savannah. She resides in in Winnabow, NC.

Vocal Tribute – TBA

Candle Light Service Honorees



23 Responses to “The 13th Annual National Conference 2017”
  1. This is an opportunity to meet some amazing people who have turned tragedy into healing and triumph for others. You will never meet a more caring group of individuals than the victim survivor families. This is sure to be an inspiring conference suggested to all who support the mission of “resolution” for the missing and exploited. Some of the best information available for serving families. Fran Funderburg – Global Child Rescue NC

  2. antonette says:

    This is a great thing…my mother has been missing for 7yrs now from mooresville north carolina and its been nothing but covered up by the police dept. due to the suspect which was the last one with her. I even went to the DA and asked that they take it over and they refused because the police dept said its their priority to work on the case but they haven’t called me in years. I only have called them, and look into making attempts to find my mother but I am only one person with no help or support. I wish i could make the conferance but I can’t. God Bless

  3. I know it will be a great conference. I support you all in all my media stories. Unfortuntely as much as I would like to come, CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER tours and my own search for Brittany’s kiler and my efforts to change the DNA laws take all my funds. I will be there in spirit!!! With gratitude for all yu do!! Maggie Zingman Mother of Brittany Phillips 10-4-85 to 10-4-04

  4. My heart has always been to protect the children and families of the missing. I feel that every human being has a right and to uncover and put to rest the minds of families who have lost a love one for the unknown should continue to be a high priority on the list.

  5. Kelly Osborn says:

    I am thrilled that I will be able to attend this conference again this year. Last year was my first time attending and the knowledge I gained was invaluable to me as a mother of a murdered daughter and also as a volunteer searcher for the missing. Meeting the other families of the missing and murdered makes you feel less alone and spending time with the many volunteers who devote their time and money to search for the missing is a blessing. I am looking forward to all the new things I will learn this year.

  6. Jane Tatum says:

    I wish that it were possible for me to attend the conference, as well as for Sherri Hamm and Michelle Crosslin and Teresa Triplett to attend. All of us have family responsiblities which preclude our leaving home right now, but all of us have a deep desire to learn more ways to be able to help the families of missing persons. I would also like to be able to begin the process of becoming a search and rescue technician. That is a wonderful opportunity this conference is offering, and makes me even more aware of how much I wish we could all four be there.

  7. Vivianne says:

    Hi friend, I wish I could come I’ve always wanted to do this, hope that one day I can make it in the near future to another conference..thanks again for the nothing short of the amazing work you do for others <3 Vivianne

  8. Rick Pasour says:

    It will be good seeing all my friends and making some new friends at this years conference. All the searchers, law enforcement,cue members have become part of my extended family over these years and it will be good seeing everyone again.

  9. Would love to know if there is a conference closer to Charleston, SC? Would love to get certified.

  10. Donna Sue Jordan says:

    Through the efforts of Ms. Caison and Cue, my family has closure. Ms. Caison was able to locate my brother, Jerry, who we have not heard from in over 10 years, in St. Petersburg, FL. My parents have talked to talked to Jerry and have recently been to visit with him. My parents and I are planning another trip to St. Petersburg this May.

    The efforts of everyone involved has encouraged me to become a volunteer for CUE and I have registered for the upcoming National Convention.

    Thank you.

  11. Wolfscratch says:

    ‘Wild Horses, or the 500 mile journey,couldn’t prevent me from attending my 3rd CUE National Conference’.. The folks are all genuine, the professionals & experts in the various fields are more than eager to share their knowlege with others.
    Although lasting only four days, it takes months to debrief from the enormous amount of information gained..
    The testimonies by the families of the victims will bring tears to your eyes, but their resilience, perserverence, and determination to bring their loved ones home, as well as Justice for others, will bring smiles of inspiration.
    Every year, I leave the CUE Conference rejuvenated and with a new perspective of what is most important in life…

    WS/Glenn Adams

  12. Cheryl says:

    I am sorry I had to miss the conference. I really had planned to come but personal reasons made it impossible to attend.

  13. David Clark says:

    My mother has been missing since 4/4/1987!
    Missing from Little Rock, Arkansas. Seems like
    A life time searching. Can really weight a person
    Down. Especially when it seems like you are the
    Only one searching for our loved ones! I feel for
    Those of you that have gone through this or still
    Going through it as I am. Never give up searching,
    Because its what they would do if you were the one missing!

  14. monica says:

    March 20th through the 23rd of 2014

  15. Ashley Dickerson says:

    I’m local, so I don’t need a hotel room and all that. I really just wanted to show support and get training/certified. Is that something happening at the conference? Can I get information on that?


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