On the Road to Remember

Volunteer organization draws attention to missing persons

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Community United Effort, an organization based in North Carolina that is dedicated to assisting families of missing people, made a stop at Sumter County Sheriff's Office near the end of its annual On the Road to Remember tour on Friday.

CUE was founded by Monica Caison in 1994 after she met multiple families of missing people.

The organization is funded by donations and staffed by volunteers who assist in the search for missing people, advocate for the families as well as provide support to the families.

According to a news release from the organization, CUE has assisted more than 11,000 families during 23 years of existence. The tour has been going on for 13 years.

This year, a group of four volunteers traveled about 4,000 miles from North Carolina on Oct. 20 to South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. While traveling through each state, the volunteers stopped at local law enforcement agencies or met with families who hosted events in recognition of people who have been missing.

The events include candlelight vigils, dove releases and interviews with news outlets.

The goal is to tell communities that people are still missing and they still have families that are searching, Caison said.

She said the group also advocates for people who have been murdered and were never identified.

During each stop, guests are also invited to sign the group's banner that includes pictures of missing or unidentified people.

This year, the banner included a photo of 80-year-old Barbara Nave of Sumter who has been missing since February.

Nave was last seen by her son and his family while she was in Savannah, Georgia, celebrating her birthday. Her vehicle was parked in the yard and her purse and two dogs were inside her residence in Sumter but Nave was no where to be found.

Officers with Sumter County Sheriff's Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division searched Nave's land and surrounding properties, including bodies of water, but could not found her.

CUE volunteers also assisted in the search for Nave in May.

CUE's tour ended on Saturday after the volunteers made their final stop in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Anyone with information about Barbara Nave can call Sumter County Sheriff's Office at (803) 436-2000 or provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-274-6372.