LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- As detectives continue to search for more than 500 missing people in Arkansas a local support group and families gathered at the capitol bringing awareness to the issue.
The group that organized the gathering advocates for families through social media. For some, they are personally affected, and this offered a chance to swap stories and lift spirits. A sense of hope coming from David Clark advocate for Arkansas Comes Home. Today is personal for him, and like many, he continues his quest for answers. For more than 30 years he's searched for his mother Patsy Clark after she disappeared March 4, 1987.
"I feel like we can bring our missing loved ones home if we'll just not give up,” Clark said. "Too many of our missing persons are not being looked for like I feel they should.”
Clark believes domestic abuse, human trafficking, and personal protection all play roles when it comes to missing person cases.
"I want my loved one home as well as everyone else's to come home,” Clark said. “They deserve that."
Arkansas Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Gossage works to bring more answers to families. He said with websites like Never Forgotten, and a future child reduction team that's coming to the state, progress is being made.
"The state of Arkansas is doing a number of things moving in the right direction," Gossage said. "Let's just stay with it, let's stay the course and let's keep working for these families and for those who are missing."
Judy Compton is pleading for answers after the disappearance of her daughter Cassie Compton, and like so many other families she said the search wouldn't stop until she finds her daughter.
"We've got no information of where my daughter is at,” Compton said. "I am not giving up, I am going to keep looking for my daughter and try to get all of the help I can to find my daughter Cassie and bring her home."