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November 14. 2013 7:56PM

Abigail's story told nationally, and through local volunteers


Abigail Hernandez was among the missing children featured at the end of Wednesday night's “Criminal Minds” television show. COURTESY 

CONWAY — As the search for Abigail Hernandez continues to grow locally, the 15-year-old has joined the ranks of missing children nationally.

Last week, her story was featured on the Nancy Grace show on Headline News. Last Friday, her case was featured on a live web cast from the Huffington Post.

On Wednesday night, Abigail's smiling face was shown among those of several other missing children on the CBS show "Criminal Minds." She is now also featured among other children in the listings of several national missing persons' groups.

Law enforcement officers hope Hernandez's case gets more media attention, locally and nationally.

"It's very important from a law enforcement point of view that we keep her face out there as much as possible," Senior Associate Attorney General Jane Young said.

"We still hope to find Abby and bring her home to her family," said Young. "There are (law enforcement officers) still going to Conway to work on it every day."

Meanwhile, the local volunteer search effort has expanded. Head volunteer Paul Kirsch said a growing group of area residents continue to get Hernandez's photo and details out to as many people as possible, using every medium possible.

Kirsch said all of the volunteers' Twitter accounts have accounted for more than a million Tweets and re-Tweets since Hernandez was last seen on Oct. 9.

The official volunteer web site, www.bringabbyhome.com, has had 14,000 visitors since Nov. 5. And the Facebook campaign, which reached more than 3,200 users during a recent online vigil, continues.

"Our volunteer efforts have increased greatly," Kirsch said.

"Although everything we do may not have the high visibility of an online vigil, our resolve to find Abby and to continue to find new and creative ways to keep her face and message out there are continuing to grow."

"We are also looking for creative ideas, which you can send to us at the website," he said.

It's been more than five weeks since Hernandez was last seen. Authorities still have no concrete leads or direction in the case, Young said.

dseufert@newstote.com


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