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National Missing Children’s Day serves as reminder of open cases in the Piedmont

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- May 25 is National Missing Children's Day and some in the Piedmont Triad hope it will serve as a reminder of the urgent need to find the many missing children from our area.

"It's just a time to think about all of those kids who are out there," Sgt. Brad Johnson said.

Johnson, who works for the Greensboro Police Department's Family Victims Unit, said they get about two calls for missing children in Greensboro every day. Many, he said, are found quickly. But others are not.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists three active cases in Greensboro, three in Lexington and one in Winston-Salem. Some of the cases go back to the 1970s and others are more recent.

Tyarra Williams, 19, was last seen in Greensboro about five months ago. Still, neighbors can't believe she hasn't been found.

"It really grabbed me for a loop," said neighbor Aline Mitchell. "See the girl one day, and the next day you hear she's missing."

One way people are showing support for National Missing Children's Day is the "Rock One Sock" campaign. During the month of May, people are encouraged to wear one sock and post a photo to social media with the hashtag #RockOneSock.