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East Texas Investigators Encouraged By Discovery Of Missing Missouri Boys

For the first time Thursday afternoon, Shawn Hornbeck, talked to Oprah Winfrey about the past 41/2 years.   It's success stories like this that have encouraged local investigators to dig up new leads on our missing children.  According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, more than a dozen East Texas children remain missing, some dating back 15 years ago.

Megan Garner's case fills up an entire shelf in a room full of unsolved crimes.   Almost 16 years ago, 3 and half year old Garner of Tyler disappeared from a playground near her home.   Today, she would be 19 years old.

"I'd say Megan's case comes up probably a minimum of twice a month," said Sergeant Detry Walsworth, Tyler Police Department. Sergeant Destry Walsworth of the Tyler Police Department just started working for Tyler police when Garner went missing.

"We get a lot of contacts and calls from people that are looking on these databases," said Walsworth. "People calling in from seeing her picture on the website, seeing it on a flyer that we put out." Tyler police also continue to investigate the disappearance of a Tyler man in 1979, 19-year-old Kallan Monigold.

"We have recently worked on his case," said Walsworth. "We actually talked to suspects in jail that we know were around during the time frame and try to get information from them." KLTV found 18 missing East Texas children on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Website.   Kelly Wilson of Gilmer has been missing for 15 years. At age 17, she was last seen leaving a video store. Today, she would be 32 years old.   Victoria Lopez of Kilgore went missing when she just one.   She would now be 11, and Lakiesha Buckner of Marshall has been missing since 1999. Then age 16, now 23.

"It gets really frustrating when leads run out because you see the families and the families hurt so much because of the unknown," said Walsworth. "Any information, any whatsoever, the smallest clue that somebody thinks is irrevelant could break a case wide open for us." If you would like more information about missing children in East Texas, you can do so by going to our homepage and clicking on the Know More on 7 link. There you will find Missing Children.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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