• Mr. Speaker, today, February 3, 2015, we recognize Missing Persons Day in Houston, Texas.
  • There are few situations harder than when a family member or friend disappears.
  • We cannot forget each and every person missing from our community.
  • And help families, law enforcement, and community organizations raise awareness.
  • Today, we keep the hope alive that young people like Ali Lowitzer will return home.
  • Today is Ali's 21st birthday.
  • She went missing almost 5 years ago in April 2010 nearby her home in Spring, Texas .
  • She got off the bus after school and headed to work.
  • And she hasn't been heard from since.
  • Her family will not stop until she is found.
  • We join them in staying vigilant.
  • Citizens should report sightings and suspicious activity to law enforcement, Crime Stoppers or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • All of these groups are partners in solving crimes.
  • One never knows when a report will end in a missing person returning to their family.
  • Ali's mother, Jo Ann, and her family are to be commended for raising the profile on this serious issue in Houston and providing support to other families.
  • We pray that Ali's mother, father, and brother and all those whose loved ones are missing will soon be reunited as a complete family.
  • And that's just the way it is.