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Cleveland rescues give hope that missing persons cases in Phoenix can be solved

PHOENIX — Phoenix Police say the rescues of three women who have been missing for 10 years in Cleveland are an incentive to keep working on the cases of missing people here in the Valley.

Many kidnappings don’t have a happy ending.

“Stastically, your life span drops to a couple of hours if you’re abducted,” Phoenix Police Detective William Anderson said.

But Anderson believes the Cleveland rescues are an example of why the Phoenix Police’s Missing and Unidentified Persons unit never quits looking for the missing here.

“There certainly is hope, and we don’t want anybody to ever give up hope,” said Anderson.

He said he’s constantly thinking about the cases that he’s involved in.

“Allisa Tierney. 17-year-old girl. She disappeared on the final day of her junior year,” said Anderson. “Myron Trailor. He disappeared in 1988. A 13-year-old boy from south Phoenix. He was not the kind of kid who would be lured into a van with free candy or to pet a puppy. That’s not something that would happen to him.”

Anderson says the Cleveland case should also serve as a reminder that if you’re ever a kidnapping victim, you should do whatever you can to get out of the situation.

Silent Witness missing kids cases in Phoenix:

Brandy Myers, missing since 1992

Myron Traylor, missing since 1988