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Annabelle Ludwig Featured On National Missing Persons Tour-2010

National Tour Purpose and Inspiration

leahoveralls The annual tour was created to generate new interest in cold cases of missing people across our nation. The inspiration came in 2004 from the case of North Carolina college student Leah Roberts, who had gone on a cross-country trip of self-exploration. Her wrecked and abandoned vehicle was found, but Leah is still missing. Leah’s case went cold and interest faded until CUE volunteers set out on a grueling 14-day trip to retrace her route and inform the media of all those who were missing in the path of the tour. In the years to follow, it only seemed right to keep hope alive after families across the country voiced the need for more help and supported the tour idea.

National Tour Objective

The national road tour, called “On the Road to Remember,” is an awareness campaign that focuses on missing persons cases that have gone cold or have not received appropriate media coverage on the local level – much less the national level.. The tour, which travels through many states annually, provides that attention.

In all cases of missing people, it is vital to inform the public of the missing person’s circumstances quickly and to disseminate that information to the media and the public. In most cases where details are released immediately to the public through an organized campaign, the public brings forth information that aids in the investigation and or the location of the victim. The media plays a significant role in getting the word out on the behalf of the missing person and should be recognized as a vital resource to any investigation.

Interest in many of the cases we have featured in previous tours has been renewed. The media has learned about local cases they were unaware of; case investigations have been renewed, and searches conducted. Information has resulted in new leads in some cases, and has even helped identify an unknown decedent and in 2008 solved a cold case of twenty eight years. And finally, each tour some of the missing featured have been found from various efforts, which is the main reason we conduct the tour despite the toll it takes on our all-volunteer staff.

It is the belief of the CUE Center for Missing Persons that all investigations, the public, volunteers and the media should work in collaboration on cases involving missing children and adults; until this happens, their will continue to be cases of the missing labeled “cold” or “inactive.”

To read and learn more about the tour visit CUE Center For Missing Persons website here


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Group plans to call attention to case of missing woman

Sunday, August 24, 2008

By J. STEVEN DILLON

STAFF WRITER

A nationally-recognized group that tracks missing people will be in Mount Cory on Tuesday to draw attention to the case of Annabelle Marie (Rankin) Ludwig.

Ludwig, formerly of Mount Cory, has been missing since 1982, and some family members believe she was murdered.

Rita McVetta, a sister of Ludwig, said she contacted the CUE (Community United Effort) Center for Missing Persons, based in Wilmington, N.C., earlier this year for assistance. The organization, in turn, included Ludwig on its 2008 On the Road to Remember Tour, which got under way Thursday.

The tour is scheduled to stop at McVetta’s residence at 300 Lincoln St., Mount Cory, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information about Ludwig, or who would like to learn more about her case, is being invited to attend the public gathering.

We’re hoping that the attention will help, McVetta said. All we’ve ever wanted to know is where Annabelle is so we can bring her back and give her a proper burial.

The CUE Center was founded in 1994 by Monica Caison and works to find missing people, advocates for their causes, and supports their families.

Besides the tours, the CUE Center offers a wide range of free services and training programs, and has helped more than 6,000 families over the past 13 years.

Caison, in a telephone interview from West Virginia, said she is very interested in the Ludwig case, and believes it can and should be solved.

There are currently no new developments in the case, but there seems to be a lot of information that was never acted upon, she said. We plan to be aggressive with this case.

Caison said by focusing national attention on unsolved or cold cases like Ludwig’s, the awareness can bring new information to light or prompt law enforcement to take another look.

�Many times people have either forgotten about cases like this or they are not known about beyond the local community where they happen, she said.

We’re coming to Mount Cory to increase awareness and to let people know this case isn’t going to go away.

The Ludwig case is one of 110 that will be featured on the 12-day, 17-state tour.

Ludwig, who was 40 at the time, was last seen by her ex-husband, Robert, at a Lima Ponderosa restaurant on June 15, 1982.

He didn’t report her missing, however, and authorities did not begin looking for her until that August.

McVetta and others believe she was killed and possibly buried on a farm near Jenera or at a property in Cridersville.

Over the years, McVetta and another sister, Linda Wynkoop of Mount Cory, have tried without success to find their lost sister, a mother of four.

They say they have gotten little help from authorities in Hancock and Allen counties.

Last summer, on the 25th anniversary of Ludwig’s disappearance, the sisters held a memorial service for her at Clymer Cemetery in Union Township.

A small monument, inscribed with the words Missed But Not Forgotten, was placed next to the grave of her parents, Paul and Helen Rankin, even though Ludwig’s body has never been found.

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