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Carrie Olson was reported missing to Davenport police December 28th of last year.  In hopes of locating the missing 29-year-old, her family has organized search parties, candlelight vigils and have even hired a K-9 unit.  Davenport police say it's a case they're still pursuing with their investigations department.

 "We haven't forgotten about it...not by a long shot. It's an active investigation. People are working on it every day. We're just hoping for that shred of information that helps us solve it," Davenport Police Chief Frank Donchez said.  

The family has even turned to social media by creating a Facebook account that has garnered more than 20,000 likes and serving as a means of communication between both the family and community. But now, they've come up with a new way to get word out--billboards.

"Any time you can keep something like this in the public consciousness and you know, maybe somebody remembers something or has seen something that might prove important," Donchez said.  

Dennis Harker can relate to all information being important.  He formed the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network after his son came up missing and was later found dead. He says he can speak to social media's being a huge help to family members of missing people.

"What we do is we put it on Facebook when somebody goes missing. We ask people to share it . We have a lot of people that watch our website, " explained Harker.  "They look at our website for more information, like license numbers, pictures of the missing person. That kind of thing."

Harker says he's hopeful of a different outcome for Carrie Olson, no matter the technique used to get her back home.

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