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Cleveland rescue gives hope to local families still searching for loved ones

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Toledo Det. Vince Mauro says with age progression photos, detective work, and a new surge of hope provided through the Cleveland rescue, they hope to be able to crack all their local cases, no matter how old. Toledo Det. Vince Mauro says with age progression photos, detective work, and a new surge of hope provided through the Cleveland rescue, they hope to be able to crack all their local cases, no matter how old.
An age-progressed photo of Jamel Williams. (Photo Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) An age-progressed photo of Jamel Williams. (Photo Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Missing Person's Division of the Toledo Police Department works around the clock to help solve cases. The miraculous recovery of three missing women in Cleveland may give people involved in these situations hope.

The TPD says detectives get between 1200 to 1600 missing persons reports, which means a lot of broken hearts holding on for the chance of a miracle.

On Monday, the prayers of three Cleveland families were answered when three women who had been missing for a decade broke free from their captors with help from a neighbor. Toledo police say it is nothing less than a miracle.

"There's always that glimmer, and maybe even like I said earlier, this happened in Cleveland, maybe it will give the glimmer of hope to some families that their kids have been gone for a while," said Det. Vince Mauro.

When people go missing in Toledo, it's Mauro's job to work with devastated parents to help find them.

"Just not knowing wears on them. It's almost worse," explained Mauro. "They would be more happy to find their kid dead, than not know what happened to them for the rest of their lives." 

Jamel Williams disappeared just one day after his fourth birthday back in 1994 in Toledo. He still has not been found, despite large search efforts by police.  

Another case still open today is Cheyenne Wilson. Police say Wilson was 15 when she disappeared with an older man, whom they believed to be a boyfriend nearly one year ago.

Mauro says with age progression photos, detective work, and a new surge of hope provided through the Cleveland rescue, they hope to be able to crack all their cases, no matter how old.

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