By Polly Keary, Editor
Misael Margarito Sanchez was 16 when he went missing from his Snohomish home in August of 2011.
It was thought that he ran away, perhaps to Mexico.
His family still hopes to find him.
And Shelby Raistlin Wright would be 20 today, if found. The Snohomish boy went missing in July of 2004.
All over Washington State, families are trapped in a limbo between hope and despair, wondering, sometimes for years, what happened to a family member who has disappeared.
Denise Hilker of Monroe wants to help bring those missing family members home. So she has teamed up with a friend’s Olympia non-profit The Trinity Project, a resource and outreach organization to help find the missing, and is soon to hold a garage sale to raise funds for the effort to expand the mission to include missing adults.
Hilker’s sister got involved when learning of a Tumwater Walmart coworker’s ordeal. The coworker was the mother of Lindsay Baum, 10, who disappeared in McCleary, Wash. June 26, 2009.
In December, the friends began a webpage called thetrinityassignments.com, including flyers and information about many Washington children, some of whom have been missing for years.
Now they are starting a new non-profit to focus on missing adults, as well.
“There are a lot of teenage girls and young women that go missing and don’t get found who are sold into human trafficking,” said Hilker.
So in order to help get the new organization registered as a 501c3, a process that costs several hundred dollars, Hilker is planning to hold a garage sale at the end of April.
Already people have volunteered items for the sale, which is kind, said Hilker, but so far she has nowhere to store the items. She also is looking for a place to hold the sale.
She hopes to help spread information about missing people, and create awareness of the extent of human trafficking.
“People just aren’t aware of how extensive it is,” she said.
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