NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Sign by sign and banner by banner, the families of those missing in Horry County gathered today in North Myrtle Beach. Their goal was to make sure their loved ones are never forgotten, no matter how long they've been gone.
"It's all about awareness," said Dawn Drexel, the mother of Brittanee Drexel, who has been missing for more than five years. "To keep our missing persons faces out there."
The CUE center for missing persons has been there for Drexel since the beginning and that's why she was at the rally Saturday. She along with dozens of other families patiently waited for the group's founder Monica Caison to come to town.
The stop was Caison's last visit on her eight day, four thousand mile trip to raise awareness and remember missing children and adults.
"Monica's been with us from the beginning and we're staying with her to the end," said Lonnie Jordan, the step father of Zachary Malinowski, and CUE center board member.
When Caison's big red van came to town, the families spent an hour catching up, raising money, and raising awareness. While it may be a small event, the families hope the awareness they raise could solve some of those many unsolved cases.
They say all it takes is one person coming forward.
"Someone knows something, and it helps to put a little pressure on that person that knows something, because they didn't go missing on their own," Jordan said.
After an hour of raising both money and awareness, the van took off to its final stop in Wilmington, NC. A local biker club led the way, while those families followed close behind.
The long journey is not unfamiliar to these families because for years they've been on a long journey of their own.