The 11th Annual National Missing Persons Conference 2015

January 24, 2015 by  
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CONFERENCE DATES “MARCH 19, 20, 21, 22 of 2015″


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Join us for our upcoming national conference for missing persons and all who work in the arena from advocating, volunteering, 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 or have been a victim of crime.

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

◊ Advocacy cocerning 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 indentifcation 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

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.

Registration check in for conference attendees: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm will begin on 3/19/2015

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 22nd @ 1:00 CUE Founder, Monica Caison training and discussion, presentation of your conference plaque and a lunch.

SORC Meeting – Thursday, March 19, 2015

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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




Thursday, March 19, 2015   (7:00 pm – 10:30 pm)

Total of 8 hour CPR Pro class will teach you adult, child and infant CPR, conscious and unconscious obstructed airway, use of an AED.  Hands-on skills will be taught and evaluated as well as a written exam.

1Lead 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 recent addition to the list of CUE Center State Outreach Coordinators.

imageKarin Bergholm is a retired, Florida Law Enforcement officer, after proudly serving for 27.5 years. After retirement in 2012, she became a member of CUE and First Response Search Team, in Tallahassee. Karin is a certified, adjunct instructor of CPR and First Responder for police recruits at The Florida Public Safety Institute, located near Tallahassee, Fl.

Karin is also in the process of training K-9 Trooper (a rescue dog) in the discipline of Human Remains Detection.

Submit Registration: Mailing Address (CUE) PO Box 12714 Wilmington, NC 28405
Ph: (910) 343-1131 or (910) 232-1687 Fax: (910) 399-6137
Location: Holiday Inn Conference Center

NOTICE: (This conference is a pre – registration conference ONLY) please contact our center for details, thank you.
Download & print registration application here if you prefer to mail in registration & payment

On Line Registration

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King Bed
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Registration Fee
* $350.00 (this covers one hotel room, all meals and conference materials – handouts)*Shuttle – service will be provided from the airport to hotel for all arrivals and departures (Wilmington International Airport) only.* You can arrive anytime after 3:00 pm on Thursday 3/19/2015 and the conference will end at 1:00 pm on 3/22/2015. The hotel ballroom and other areas are available for your comfort if you have a late departing fight on Sunday.*Please advise us of any special needs or diet request, i.e vegetarian, vegan, other; if you
are traveling with a K9 please notify the hotel directly for approval.

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Missing Persons Conference 2015 Registration cost

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You can call CUE to pay by phone with a credit card

Note: Do not contact the hotel to register, the CUE Center for Missing Persons is responsible for submission of the rooming list and providing airport travel arrangements of all conference attendees.

Want to become a 2015 sponsor?

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Download your packet here for printing forms, please mail them with your check payable to:
CUE Center For Missing Persons
PO Box 12714
Wilmington, NC 28405

Below is the 2015 conference, updates will begin to be posted soon, so check back with us!

Friday Night Conference Attendee Party

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Martha has entertained CUE conference attendees and sponsors for the last five years and will return again, known as the ‘QUEEN OF KARAOKE’. Martha has won many titles such as Mrs SC Congeniality, best karaoke entertainer in the Tabor City Yam Festival and brings a needed relief to many with her music. She joined the CUE family when Alice Donovan went missing and later became good friemds with her daughters. She wanted to do something more to help out and help others who have a missing person. Over the years she has meet many families of the missing including Dawn Drexel, who daughter Brittanee remains missing and became loyal to the cause. The gift of making people happy is what she offers, even if for a moment, to see a smile on the faces who have suffered such a great loss. This year will be a reminder for Martha as she recognizes the anniversary of the loss of her mother and being with CUE for another birthday.

Proclamation & Letters (2015)

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Meet The 2015 Sponsors…coming soon!


Instructor – Holly Hughes

Topic: Legal facts that can damage a case

HollyHughesFor 10 years Attorney Holly Hughes has served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office in Atlanta, GA where she prosecuted some of the most high-profile cases in the United States, including working on the murder case against Ray Lewis, superstar with the Baltimore Ravens. Holly Hughes was a triple threat prosecuting homicides, hate crimes and high profile felony cases.

Prior to making a name for herself as a tough big-city prosecutor, she also worked as an attorney specializing in Discrimination and Civil Rights.

Holly Hughes has hosted the highly popular “Nancy Grace Show” on CNN Headline News Channel, and continues to appear as a frequent guest on the program as well as appearing as an expert witness on Swift Justice with Nancy Grace. She appeared on Court TV as a frequent commentator and legal analyst since 2003 and on Tru TV’s “In Session” and CNN HLN’s “Prime News.”

With hundreds of media appearances Holly Hughes is qualified as an expert in high profile litigation and criminal procedure with the Cold Case Research Institute of Georgia. She is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, universities, law schools and conferences. She’s honored in Madison Avenue’s Who’s Who of Young Professionals.

After ten years with the DA’s Office, Holly Hughes is now in private practice in Atlanta, handling criminal defense and civil litigation.

 Instructor – Sheryl McCollum 

Topic: Indentifying Factors in the Sex Trade Industry

Director, Cold Case Investigative Research Institute

With over 25 years of experience,education and a background in law enforcement , Sheryl McCollum is currently the Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, which is a collaboration between Auburn University Montgomery, Faulkner University and Bauder College. This collaboration brings together researchers, practitioners, students and the criminal justice community to develop new capabilities and work collectively to advance research, training and techniques in solving cold cases. The objectives of CCIRI are to provide the means, resources and guidance for Criminal Justice students throughout all Kaplan Higher Education to determine the solvability of actual unsolved crimes.


Topic Guest Speakers

Bryan Queen – Topic: Media Matters


Bryan Queen has over 20 years of experience in television news, currently he is News Director for Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate WIS-TV.

Queen was also News Director in Rochester, NY and was a news manager at News14 Carolina. He worked for NBC News for 7 years including positions in New York City, and Charlotte. He has also worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, NC, and WLOS in Asheville, NC

Queen has been a long-time advocate for missing persons and started 3 different tv franchises looking at Cold Cases.  He’s a former CUE Center for Missing Person Board member, and is currently serving as SC State Coordinator.


Victims Hours Presentations

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

National Candle Light Service


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 2014.

Saturday March 22, 2014 Time: 7:30 pm (Open to the public and candles will be provided)

Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington Waterfront

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

Vocal Tribute 


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

Candle Light Service Honorees 






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23 Responses to “The 11th Annual National Missing Persons Conference 2015”
  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. monica says:

    Have you registered your case with our center? Please contact our center if you want help at 910-343-1131

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. monica says:

    March 20th through the 23rd of 2014

  16. 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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