Friday, July 28, 2006

Gina DeJesus to be spotlighted during race

I need to mention that while the article below is exciting because of the exposure that the two girls are getting, it did make a few minor errors. First, Amanda's name is usually spelled as "Amanda Berry". Second, Georgina, or "Gina" as she is sometimes called, was 14 when she went missing and would be 16 now. I should also note that Amanda was actually 16 when she was last seen, but it was the day before her 17th birthday.
Team to spotlight missing children
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Mark Znidar
Getting to the finish line first usually is the most important thing in drag racing.
But aiding families who have missing children will be just as important as winning a race for Wilkes Motorsports when the Jeg’s Northern Sportsnationals begins today at National Trail Raceway in Kirkersville.
In conjunction with the Missing Children’s Racing Network, Wilkes Motorsports of Zanesville, Ohio, will display images of missing children Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Marie Barry on the hoods of its cars. Both girls are from Cleveland.
DeJesus was 16 when she was reported missing April 2, 2004. She was last seen walking home from school. Barry was 17 when she was reported missing April 21, 2003 after working her shift at a fast-food restaurant.
"We’re going to have Nancy Ruiz representing her daughter, Georgina, and Amanda at the track," said Martin Gray, program director of the Missing Children’s Racing Network. "She’ll be available to answer questions from fans and to talk about the growing problem of child abduction.
"This program with the race cars works. We’ve recovered three children recently. What we do is increase the public’s awareness of this problem."

The article is longer, but the other half is on a different subject. The full article is available at

If you have information about either of these girls, please call the Cleveland Police Department at (216) 621-1234, the Cleveland Crimestoppers at (216) 252-7463, the FBI at 1-888-660-5437, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).
You can print Gina's poster here and Amanda's poster here.
Gina's website:
Amanda's website:
Both Amanda and Gina are available for you to "adopt" through Project Jason's Adopt a Missing Person program. For more information, visit

Photos of Gina and Amanda from their websites.

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