New York State Missing Persons Day April 5, 2014
Thursday 06 March 2014 - 10:19:45
The Center for HOPE would like to invite you to join with other families to commemorate New York State 13th Annual Missing Persons Day. (There is no charge for attending)

What to Expect:
Stimulating speakers, informational displays/exhibits and an opportunity to join together with others affected by this unique loss. Despite the seriousness of the occasion, our goal is to provide an uplifting experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014 (9:00 am- 3:30pm

Location: NYS Museum and Cultural Education Center on 310 Madison Ave. Albany, NY

The morning session is exclusively for families and friends affected by the unexplained or unresolved disappearance of a loved one including: still missing, missing with a safe return and missing and recovered deceased.

Pre-registration by email or phone is required for the morning session. Please leave your name and relationship to the missing person along with the names of others who will be attending with you.

The afternoon session is open to all including law enforcement, support organizations and all who support missing person issues.

9:00 Morning Registration-(coffee & snacks provided.)
12:00 -12:45 Lunch break.
1:00 Afternoon program.
3:15 Closing ceremonies at the Remembrance Monument- a short walk from the museum.

Please RSVP by March 22, 2014 at, or 518-884-8761.
Travel, lodging information and details about the day will be available upon request.

We will be looking forward to hearing from you,
Doug and Mary Lyall
Co-founders of the Center for Hope

NYS Missing Persons Day
Friday 31 January 2014 - 06:12:01
On Saturday April 5, 2014, the Center for Hope will host the 13th annual NYS Missing Persons Day event at the NYS Museum and Cultural Education Center in Albany, NY. This day is set aside for families and friends affected by the unexplained or unresolved disappearance of a loved one. You will be able to join together with other families, listen to stimulating speakers, and have the opportunity to interact with law enforcement and representatives of missing person’s organizations. Details about the day and registration information will be available soon.

Coasters for Hope
Friday 03 January 2014 - 11:53:31
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) joined with Doug and Mary Lyall of the Center for Hope, and DeCrescente Distributing Company, on December 12, 2013 to announce a new pilot program, “Coasters for Hope”, to help find Capital Region missing persons.

Starting December 16th, more than 5,000 “Coasters for Hope” drink coasters featuring pictures and information about seven local missing persons will be printed and distributed by DeCrescente to restaurants and taverns across the Capital Region.

The public-private partnership to create and distribute drink coasters to help find missing persons is the first of its kind in the Northeast.

Each drink coaster will have a number where people can anonymously call or text a tip to law enforcement about a missing person’s case. A crucial tool in solving these cases is keeping information about missing persons in the public eye.

Just this year, three Cleveland women who had been missing for over 10 years were freed from captivity. Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped outside her California home when she was 11 years-old in 1991 and didn’t escape captivity until 2009.

“To be in the dark about the fate of a loved one who has gone missing can lead families to a quiet desperation of anger, frustration and deep sadness. What we’ve seen time and again with missing persons cases is that there is always hope for answers and the possibility that a loved one, however improbable, could one day come home. If someone sees one of these Coasters for Hope at their neighborhood restaurant or tavern then they may know something that could help solve a missing persons case,” said Tedisco.

“A family left behind when their loved one vanishes without explanation faces unrelenting uncertainty about the circumstances. Not knowing is against human nature and ‘Coasters for HOPE’ will provide an opportunity to provide answers that are desperately needed,” said Mary Lyall of the Center for Hope, whose daughter Suzanne Lyall, a UAlbany student, has been missing since 1998.

“DeCrescente is proud to sponsor the ‘Coasters for Hope’ Program. By providing these coasters as a visible resource to raise awareness in our communities about missing persons, together with our retail partners, we hope to help ease the pain and uncertainty for families dealing with the disappearance of a loved one,” said C.J. DeCrescente, President of DeCrescente Distributing Company.

Coasters will be distributed to Capital Region restaurants and taverns featuring information about the following Capital Region missing persons:

1. Suzanne Lyall of Ballston Spa, a 19-year-old UAlbany student missing since 1998
2. Ashley Carroll, age 24, of Troy, missing since 2010.
3. Craig Frear, age 17, of Scotia, missing since 2004.
4. Karen Wilson, age 22, a UAlbany student missing since 1985.
5. Lutricia Steele, age 27, of Schenectady, missing since 2008.
6. Peter Lorang, age 29, of Charlton, missing since 2001.
7. Tammie, McCormick, age 14, of Saratoga Springs, missing since 1986.

To submit an anonymous tip about these or any other missing persons case, call 1-800-448-3847; text NYMISSING (+Tip) to 274637; or visit and click on CrimeTip Link.