News & opinion Annual HUG Award contender #6: Melissa Rangel, Texas Center For The Missing

Annual HUG Award contender #6: Melissa Rangel, Texas Center For The Missing

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people in he

position. She the

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blish Tex

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the Missing (TCM),

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ted to b

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f

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vention, p

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ty on Novembe

30th.  Heunt Judith filed

missing pe

sons

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ith H

is County She

iff’s Office (HCSO) to help loc

te he

niece.  TCM

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ked

ith the f

mily to help find he

on soci

l medi

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ll soci

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s the kno

ledge to se

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tion on

pps such

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dmitted to Ms. ngel, J

zmin

s st

ying

ith him

nd his f

mily.  HCSO

s notified, but it tu

ns out J

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etu

n home on J

nuy 3, 2017, to

void getting the f

mily in t

ouble fo

hbo

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un

y. F

mily membe

s

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emely g

teful to TCM fo

neve

giving up se

ching fo

J

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mily s

lso given loc

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living b

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lvin, TX. Tex

s Cente

fo

the Missing (TCM)

s

ble to p

ovide the

esou

ces

nd suppo

t the f

mily needed to help Tecove

f

om this tgedy.

fte

being gone fo

mo

e th

n 3 d

ys

nd h

ving been tum

tized, T

e

lized she s

victim

nd c

lled the police. She

s

escued by Bzo

i

County She

iff’s Office. The p

ed

to

s chged

nd

ested.  TCM s

ble to help the f

mily

pply fo

nd

eceive C

ime Victim’s Compens

tion th

ough the st

te of Tex

s to help p

y fo

counseling

nd t

e

tment fo

T

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te, T

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