October 21, 2023
Whether you are a criminal justice professional, a forensics specialist, a criminology or forensics student, or true crime buff, you won’t want to miss the first-ever Missing Persons Virtual Conference on Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Missing Persons Division of the Western Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Development Center (WPSARDC), this online conference will feature an all-star panel of international and national speakers with expertise in missing persons cases, including:
The conference will also include personal stories from families of missing persons.
According to Tracy Pampena, director of the Missing Persons Division of WPSARDC, the Missing Persons Conference will be a landmark event for anyone who is involved with investigating or solving missing, unidentified, and unclaimed persons cases.
“Missing persons cases have been called the nation’s silent mass disaster,” said Pampena. “More than 600,000 persons go missing every year in the United States and Pennsylvania has the tenth highest number of open cases in the country. While many of those individuals are eventually found alive, thousands more remain missing. Police detectives, private investigators, medical examiners, coroners, and others who are involved in these cases will find a wealth of information from our conference. Our panel of experts will cover topics such as human trafficking, domestic and international kidnapping, prosecuting “no body” cases, difficult witnesses, forensics, and much more.”
Cost for the entire conference is $100. Attendees can also register for individual workshops, at a cost of $30 per speaker. As an additional bonus, the first 250 registrants for the entire conference will be eligible to win a raffle for a trip valued at $6,000 wherever you choose to travel. The cost of the conference is tax deductible as WPSARDC is a Pittsburgh nonprofit 501c(3) organization.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Missing Persons Division of WPSARDC. All of the funds raised will be used for DNA testing, billboards, flyers, cash rewards, physical searches and use of cadaver dogs.
WSARDC also provides relief to families that are experiencing a disaster as you will see in this link. They helped find onsite temporary housing for 30 families that were displaced because of an apartment fire in Penn Hills in January. https://www.wtae.com/article/donations-being-accepted-for-families-displaced-by-rodi-arms-apartment-building-fire/38856564