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Cleveland rescues underscore the many who are still missing

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Their rescues stunned the nation and brought overwhelming joy to Cleveland.

But another headline has replaced it -- a stark reminder of those who are still missing in just one part of Cleveland, and the thousands of others nationwide.

Here in Florida, the numbers are staggering. Last year, more than 48,000 children and adults were reported missing. Many were found, but many others have never come home.

More than 100 kids are snatched by strangers or vanish without a trace every year -- four percent of those are never found.

And very few cases end like the one in Cleveland.

Carole Bernhardt has waited 13 years for her grandson Zachary to come home.

He disappeared from his bedroom in Clearwater the early morning hours of September 11, 2000.

Despite the years, the miracle on Seymour Street in Cleveland gives her hope.

"Zachary is still out there. Zachary is coming home, that's how you think," she says.

Age-enhanced pictures show what Zachary would look like at 18. He would now be 21, but that doesn't deter this grandmother from sending her beloved grandson a message from the heart.

"Zachary, you need to know we are all still alive and hunting for you and we're never going to give up," Bernhardt said.


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