Each year the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) takes time to commemorate the valiant and unselfish acts of the many organizations and individuals who bring our missing children home. Since 1983, May 25 has been designated as National Missing Children's Day.
May 25 is the anniversary of when Etan Patz went missing in 1979. Every year DOJ sponsors a national poster contest and announces the winner at the annual National Missing Children's Day Ceremony in Washington, DC. The winner of this national contest, along with his or her teacher and parents, are brought to Washington, DC to attend a special ceremony being held May 25, 2023.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is the state contest manager for Colorado. The contest is open to all fifth grade students. Colorado has been hosting the contest since 2014
The third-place winner was Laikyn Brown of Cheyenne County School in Cheyenne Wells. Her poster depicts a puzzle in the center with a tree, flowers and various colors throughout.