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The "Quad Cities Missing Persons Network" Facebook page was created late Wednesday night by a man who knows a lot about what it's like to search for a missing loved one.

The coordinated social media effort has been created by Dennis Harker, the father of David Harker, a man who went missing at the end of September, 2013 and was later found dead.

During the search for David, more than 17,500 people got their information from a Facebook page dedicated to finding him. So, Dennis Harker decided to re-create the social media effort, for everyone who goes missing from the Quad Cities.

"How do we do this? How do we get the support you got?"

These are questions that Dennis Harker has been asked countless times over the past three months by families missing their own loved ones.

"The more I thought about it, there really needs to be a coordinated effort," said Harker. "It took me about three months to get my head together enough to say, this is something I need to do."

During the search for his son, Harker helped coordinate thousands of people through Facebook. Allowing everyone to share information and broaden the search.

"With my son it was a tragic outcome, but that doesn't change the fact that everybody tried," he said.

Missing children are always added to the missing persons database. But sometimes it takes longer, more thorough investigations, before police can add an adult to the list.

"My son wasn't a child but he was my child," Harker said. "The fact that he was missing was crucial to me that I do something to find him."

And that's what families looking for their loved ones want -- for everybody to try and find their missing person.

"Some people have been missing days, even weeks, with nobody aware that they're gone. Nobody out there looking." Dennis hopes the Facebook page will get the word out faster.

"I helped with the search for Carrie Olson just last week and I'm thinking, it's snowed four inches. If I'm looking for a wallet or a cell phone, I'll never find it."

Right now, there are more than 75 people, children and adults, listed as missing from the Quad Cities metro. Harker is hoping his efforts will help bring some of those people home.

"My son's death is tragic. But, out of that death, hopefully a seed will be planted that will maybe help others get through that. Meanwhile, I feel I'm doing something to honor my son."

 

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