Eyewitness News’ Missing series focuses on missing people in the Tri-State region who have never received the coverage they deserve

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Eyewitness News’ “Missing” series tells the stories of missing people across the Tri-State region who never got the coverage they deserved.

Every single victim and every single family deserves justice – and that is the mission of this series.

It all began on September 13, 2021, the first day that Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne covered Gabby Petito’s disappearance and met with her distraught parents on Long Island. The story occupied the next two months of her life.

During this time, she spoke regularly to Gabby’s father, Joseph Petito. She never reported most of what they talked about, but he made it clear to her that he wanted the media to cover other missing persons. He said they deserved attention too, and he was right.

Kristin began looking at databases of missing persons across the tri-state area, and as she scrolled through the hundreds of faces, she thought not only of those people, but of their families and friends and the spreading pain that was being felt caused when they disappeared.

She thought, “Maybe I can help?”

Kristin began calling private investigators across New York City looking for cases to profile.

We first portrayed the story of Leanne Marie Hausberg, which you can see below.

In our second story, we investigated the disappearance of Chelsea Michelle Cobo, who you can see below.

In our third story, we investigate the disappearance of Corinna Paige Slusser, whose episode aired on Friday, April 20th.

Below, Kristin Thorne explains in her own words why she created the new series Missing.

CLOCK | Kristin Thorne on the process behind the ‘Missing’ detective series

If you have any information about the disappearance of Leanne Marie Hausberg, Chelsea Michelle Cobo, or Corinna Paige Slusser, call the NYPD Missing Persons Squad at 212-694-7781. Tips can be kept anonymous.

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