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CUE Center for Missing Persons expanding in Virginia

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A group helping families of missing persons is expanding in the commonwealth.

CUE Center for Missing Persons added more state outreach coordinators and is looking for more volunteers. The organization helped the Douthat family after Christopher Douthat went missing two years ago.

"I'm glad CUE came along, because I would have never known where to turn," says Douthat. "You need a lot of agencies like this when things happen to your loved ones."

CUE helps provide resources like search and rescue teams. It's no cost to the families.

Now in Virginia, the organization is expanding and providing more resources after seeing a huge need.

"There are so many missing cases right here in Virginia," says Lisa Cowling, state outreach coordinator. "You hear about the ones that make the national news, but there are so many that don't make the national level news or local news."

It's a personal mission for Cowling. Her daughter Cara was brutally murdered five years ago.

There are dozens of missing persons cases on the state police website and nearly 20 of them are from Southwest Virginia.