TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- There are hundreds of missing children in our state. But now some are more hopeful they will be found because of a re-launched program.
It's called “Homeward Bound.” The Washington State Patrol is partnering with Kam-Way trucking to put photos of missing children on the sides of semi trucks.
They said one in six missing children are found when the public sees their picture.
A state trooper named Renee Padgett originally started Homeward Bound many years ago. She has since passed away due to cancer.
The program temporarily ended when their trucking company moved locations. But with WSPs new partnership, they hope these photos will again be seen by thousands as they travel across the country.
"Seeing this program restart again is really exciting,” Trooper Chris Thorson said. “And hopefully we can save at least one child."
On Wednesday WSP unveiled the truck featuring missing child Teekah Lewis. Wednesday is the 20th anniversary of her disappearance.
The back of the truck features a memorial to trooper Renee Padgett.