Families look for answers at Missing in Michigan event in Flint

Families gather for Missing in Michigan event at the University of Michigan Flint.

People came together in Flint on Saturday to help police and families track down the missing.

More than 4,500 people are missing in the state. Organizers of the Missing in Michigan event say the goal is to bring families together and provide information to investigators.

The Michigan State Police recommends that families check to make sure their loved ones are in all the current databases. Troopers say families should also have DNA on file.

â??When something like this happens. You feel like you're the only one it has ever happened to, so it's really good to talk to people that are going through the same thing you are,â?? said Diane Homrich, the grandmother of Jessica Heeringa who was abducted while working at a gas station in Norton Shores.

Family members of Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner Skelton also attended the event. One of the boys sisters Courtney Derby says their father abducted them in November of 2010 in Morenci, Michigan and is serving time in prison for their disappearance.

Both families are hopeful events like this will help. Missing in Michigan is in its fourth year and Troopers say the events have already solved 32 disappearances.