COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - While the families of the three women in Cleveland, Ohio are rejoicing over their return home, the discovery has others thinking about missing persons cases here in Southwest Florida that still remain unsolved.
Wink News spoke to experts who have been trying for years to reunite lost children with their loved ones.
Sergeant Ken Becker with the Collier County Sheriff's Exploitation Unit says cases like the one in Cleveland give investigators like him a renewed sense of hope.
"We will continue to look until we recover that person, whether it's their safe recovery or whether the it's their remains. We will hold out hope that child can be brought home safely," he said.
Becker has been trying to find two missing Collier County Children.
14-year old Wendy Hudakoc of Naples vanished in November 1998 after she snuck out to a party.
"She came in as a runaway report, but a couple weeks into the investigations, we realized it was more so we stepped up our investigation and worked that case for years," Sgt. Becker said.
Adji Desir of Immokalee was last seen in January of 2009 playing outside his grandmother's house.
"Adji's a little bit of a different case, because he was a 6-year old child with special needs. He was at risk the moment he went out of the sight," he stated.
Wink News asked the experts about the characteristics of a kidnapper.
"They are chameleons and they can fit in where ever they are at," Becker said.
Linda Oberhaus with the Shelter for Abused Women & Children says anyone subjected to prolonged abuse, like the three women in Ohio, will suffer emotional trauma.
"I think they can go on go lead productive lives, we see that every day at the shelter, but I think there is long term damage done as a result," Oberhaus said.
Becker says they continue to work the cases of Hudacok and Desir and says the best chance for recovery is by updating databases and using facial projections to keep their faces in the public eye.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 183,000 missing children since it was founded in 1984.