Missing in Colorado: Project could help families find their missing loved ones

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 21:25:35-04

Terry Erskine’s daily agony over her son’s disappearance never went away since the day he went missing nearly a decade ago.

“I look into his eyes and I think, 'come on, just tell me where you are at, somehow, send me something and tell me where you are at,'” said Erskine.

Erskine’s son, then 25 year-old Casey Berry, vanished after he and his roommate visited a friend's home in the small town of Blanca, just a few miles southeast of Alamosa, in 2007.

“I think about him every minute of every day. I have my days where I don't function and break down,” said Erskine.

She isn't alone when it comes to finding a missing loved one.

Beth Buchholtz, a community service officer with Longmont police, is in charge of overseeing missing person cases.

Buchholtz said the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System has 253 missing person cases in Colorado and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports there are about 1,300 cases of people missing in our state.

Buchholtz started a first-of-its-kind event called "Missing Colorado," to help bring back life to missing cold cases through sharing pictures, as well as dental and medical records and DNA family reference samples with law enforcement.

Erskine is hoping that attending this event will help paint a trace to her son.

“It hurts way down deep in your heart. It’s a feeling that I wouldn't wish on anyone,” said Erskine.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2016. It will go from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. at the Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Building 697, in Denver.

A private family support group will be held from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Family members of a missing person who would like to make reservations to attend the family support meeting can click here or call 303-774-4836. You can also email Buchholtz to make a reservation. 

Find out more about the Missing in Colorado project here.


Sign up for Denver7 email alerts to stay informed about breaking news and daily headlines.

Or, keep up-to-date by following Denver7 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.