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article imageMissing persons highlighted in Cal Millar's latest book Special

By KJ Mullins     Sep 27, 2011 in World
Cal Millar spent decades covering crime stories for the Toronto Star. He hasn't let retirement stop his love of getting the story out, his latest venture, I’m Missing – Please Find Me tells the story of 300 missing people that need to be found.
Cal Millar didn't just write about crime in Toronto; for the past 25 years he has been part of Crime Stoppers. His work at solving crimes, both with Crime Stoppers and as a journalist, earned him the rank of honorary detective with the Toronto Police Service.
It's a family nightmare when a member goes missing. Every day there are new cases across North America of missing persons, from newborns to senior citizens. Most cases don't make a big splash inside of newspapers. As families search for their loved ones they face frustration and fear that time is running out.
In Canadian Cal Millar's newest book that frustration and fear is highlighted with profiles of more than 300 missing people. The goal of the devoted Crime Stoppers member is to find solve these cases.
Cal Millar had written a book about unsolved murders he said during a phone interview after he retired from writing at the Toronto Star.
"I found so many people were wanting to have their missing relatives spotlighted during my years with writing crime at the Star," Millar said, "As a reporter so many relatives come up to you but we would only feature the young children. By the time an article was written about a teenager or an adult it was a cold case. The Internet has changed this so much. I wanted to highlight some of these cold cases."
Millar randomly picked the cases for 'I'm Missing-Please Find Me' saying that it's a "mixed bag." The result is a compelling mix of missing people including a homeless man from Edmonton and a young missing girl, Pearl, from the UK last seen in Toronto.
"What was interesting about Pearl's case is that the Toronto Police Service released a QR code on the police wanted poster. It was the first time the police used a QR code in any case," Millar said.
Millar also included a list of unidentified remains at the end of his book that hopefully will put closure to open cases.
“The book is basically a world-wide Crime Stoppers appeal to get fresh leads to assist law enforcement agencies to solve some of these cases,” Millar said.
From Rochester's Brittanee Marie Drexel who was last seen on spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to a Toronto businesswoman who disappeared on vacation in Hong Kong Millar writes about cases that have failed to garner much media attention.
Millar also covers what parents need to know about the dangers that people of all ages are facing today.
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