Families of missing persons come together in Albany

April 06, 2019 11:29 PM

When a person disappears, their family is changed forever. Through their pain and grief, they search for their loved one and try to figure out their next steps. 

In 2015, Hannah Berlin's father, Brian Jenkins disappeared while attending a program for alcoholism at the Rescue Mission in Albany. Four years later Hannah is still searching for her father.


"This is real, it can happen to anybody. I would never imagine in a million years thought that this could happen to us" said Hannah Berlin, daughter of missing Brian Jenkins.

On Saturday, Hannah was among dozens of other families, who like herself have a missing loved one, when she attended a missing person's ceremony in Albany at the NYS Museum.

Mary Lyall, the mother of Suzane Lyall who went missing 21 years ago, organized the event through the Center of Hope, an organization her family started to help other families with missing loved ones.

"Mary Lyall is one of the first people that I found that was compassionate enough when my daughter first went missing that I actually got on an Amtrak to come here to Albany, just to hug her, be in her company" said Rose Cobo,mother of missing Chelsea Cobo

Organizers say they are hoping to prevent abductions, share information on those who are missing, and help families cope.

"I  want all of the missing loved ones who are missing to come back as well as my sister" said Danielle Ortelli, sister of missing Leanne Marie Hausberg.

Republican Senator Jim Tedisco joined Mary Lyall for the 18th annual ceremony. Some of the families attending like Rose Cobo, who's daughter Chelsea has been missing for just over two years says, you can't imagine what this feels like.

"It's a psychological mental torture, moment by moment" said Cobo.

Many of the people at the event say it's not only helpful for exposure of their missing loved one, but also provides them with some much needed support.

"Here at missing persons day it's unfortunate circumstances, but it's also nice to gather with people experiencing the same thing. We all kind of have the same grief" said Berlin.


Brooke Selby

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