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Project Rest to Highlight Missing People

Two Missouri Departments have teamed up to help find missing people. KSMU's Benjamin Fry reports.

Project Rest is a joint effort between the Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri State Highway patrol.

Under this program, posters of missing people will appear at Missouri's 19 interstate rest stops.

According to MoDot, about 24 million people visit these rest stops each year.

Sergeant Dan Bracker is a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

"That's a lot of people that will be able to see these pictures, see these names, maybe something will register, something will click in their mind and they'll be able to make a call or get to the website and make contact with the patrol."

The first posters have already appeared along Interstate 70 near Columbia.

Brocker says posters at each rest stop will be localized according to where the persons went missing.

"The information that'll be on the Booneville rest area highlights a 13-year-old girl, Kristina Bishop that disappeared from Columbia (in) '94. A 15-year-old that disappeared from Eldon."

Posters will go up at the other 18 rest stops this summer.

For KSMU news, I'm Benjamin Fry.