Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaims Oct. 17 Nebraska Missing Persons Day

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Oct. 17 holds a special place in the heart of Gina Bos’ family, and it now represents all missing persons in Nebraska.

Twenty-two years ago, 40-year-old Gina Bos went missing near downtown Lincoln. Her family has searched for her ever since.

They and other Nebraska families reached out to Gov. Pete Ricketts earlier this year to ask for an annual day of awareness.

On Monday, Ricketts signed a proclamation to make Oct. 17, the anniversary of Bos’ disappearance, Nebraska Missing Persons Day.

Bos’ sister Tammy Smith said that through the years, they have found community with other people who are going through a similar situation.

“There’s a link with these families, not one you wanted ever in your life, but you have a special connection with them,” Smith said. “That unknown, that pain that only you know. Just to give them some kind of hope that people do care and that you’re not alone.”

Bos’ family created a nonprofit called the GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation.

The goal was to bring attention to missing persons cases across the country.

Ricketts commended the family’s efforts, saying it’s incredible how they used a personal tragedy as a way to help other struggling families.

Even though it’s been over two decades, Smith said it never gets easier.

“You would think after 22 years, you would start to get through that, but every time this time of year comes around, those memories are stirred up again,” she said. “Just the thought of her and how much we have missed her and how much we miss her smile and her laughter.”

Other Nebraska families of missing persons attended as well, and all received copies of the proclamation.

Christopher Loupin’s family attended wearing shirts that said “Bring Chris Home.”

He went missing in November 2019 at the age of 28.

Camisha Hollis went missing in April 2018 at age 34.

Her mother said the proclamation was a blessing for their family as they navigate through the difficult time.

“She’s been gone now for, like, four years,” Martha Hollis said. “She left behind three children, which I’m the guardian and I’m raising now. It was hard from the beginning when I first received them at the beginning, but now I wouldn’t change it for the world because they bring back all of the memories of Camisha.”

At the end of the ceremony, everyone joined in a song in honor of all of the missing people and their families, who are still looking for closure.

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