LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Hundreds of volunteers are going door-to-door to find missing, at-risk kids. It's part of The Big Search that happens every Super Bowl Weekend by Nevada Child Seekers and FREE International.
On day one, volunteers located three kids. By the end of day two, 13 had been been found. The initially list started with 30 kids. As the organizations recruited volunteers and spread awareness for its event, leads to missing kids came in.
Police tracked down nine other kids before the start of the search.
The Big Search involves hundreds of volunteers. They search for the kids, gather tips and then turn anything they get over to police. Some of these children are trafficked, others kidnapped, and some of the 30 missing children, they don't know.
“These are our most vulnerable cases,” Margarita Edwards, executive director for Nevada Child Seekers, said. “There’s an endangered component to these cases. Maybe we haven’t heard anything, maybe they completely disappeared. They’re not logging into their social media. So we don’t have any answers, we don’t know where they are and we need the public’s help.”
“If she’s in Vegas I’m going to find her,” Carolyn Minggia, mother of missing 16-year-old Dasia Sanders, said. “I’m not giving up. This is my world.”
Dasia disappeared Dec. 13, 2018. Her grandmothers raised her in Las Vegas. Sanders’ grandmothers told FOX5 Dasia was last seen at Del Sol High School and that she had left behind her backpack and cellphone.
After finding messages on her phone and a picture of Dasia with an older man on SnapChat, they think she’s a sex trafficking victim.
“He’s grooming her,” Minggia said. “The things that we’ve seen. He’s grooming her.”
People interested in volunteering with The Big Search can still sign up. The event runs until Saturday, Feb. 2.
Volunteers must pass a background check, will need to bring a valid ID and arrive 45 minutes early to a desired shift. Shifts run 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.