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Missing persons' organization rallies in Cleveland

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Story by Kay Blevins

Eyewitness News Reporter

CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY, TN(WRCB)-- An organization based in North Carolina is traveling cross country hoping to solve more than 100 cold missing persons' cases in a "Road to Remember Tour". Friday the organization made a stop in Bradley County.

Donnie Payne went missing in September 2008. At this point, his family is just hoping someone will come forward with information about this cold case.

"I just want to know where he is so we can have some closure," says Wilma Brock, Payne's sister.

Family and friends of Donnie Payne say he would have never just taken off and believe the 73-year-old Cleveland man was murdered.

"It's really been depressing to know you have someone out there and especially a brother, and you can't find him and you don't know where he is," says Brock.

Friday the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons rolled into Cleveland to spread a message of hope.

 "After the leads go dead and you start giving up, and Monica has come in and said don't worry about it, we will take care of you," says Lisa Lehman.

Monica Caison founded the CUE Center and is traveling around the country making 30 stops to educate communities about 109 cold cases.

Caison says the tour is very effective.

"We have direct cases that have been a result of our organization coming through that town, bringing it to the forefront," says Caison.

Family and friends of Donnie Payne agree.

They hope this rally will help bring some new information to investigators.

"We know somebody out there knows something," says Lisa Lehman.

The "Road to Remember Tour" continues this weekend in North Carolina.

That will be the last stop for the rally.

According to a missing persons' organization, 2,300 Americans are reported missing on a daily basis.

It is estimated that 10% of missing persons reported in the U.S. never return home.

It is also estimated that in 2010 more than one-million missing persons will be registered with law enforcement agencies.

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