In 1991, Megan Elizabeth Garner is believed to have been snatched by a stranger from a park off Paluxy Drive in Tyler.
Garner, 3 at the time, was last seen March 27, 1991, and her case remains open, with Tyler detectives still working it.
In Henderson, Marie Martin said she fears she will never again see her brother, 50-year-old Jimmy Scott.
Scott was last seen Nov. 3 2001, near his home close to Plantation Estates and Myrtle Drive in Rusk.
Ms. Martin believes her brother is dead, with foul play involved.
“I feel like I'll never find out anything about Jimmy in my lifetime,” she said.
Since Scott's disappearance, Ms. Martin lost her brother, Jessie, to Alzheimer's.
Ms. Martin said she takes comfort in helping others through her organization Victims and Survivors Against Violent Crimes, which she started after Scott's disappearance.
Smith County Sheriff Lt. Tony Dana and Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said the majority of the reported missing cases are runaway teenagers, but those cases usually are solved within two days when the child is located and returned home.
However, Dana said human trafficking, in which runaways sometimes are forced into a life of sexual slavery, is becoming more prevalent.
“There is a big push in rethinking runaway cases to determine if there is a reason, such as abuse or some other cause,” he said. “Because of increased child labor and sex slave situations, we need to take these (runaway) cases a little more seriously.”
Dana said four missing person cases his agency is working are considered suspicious. They date back to 1998.
“People may think we forgot about a case, but we have detectives constantly working the cases for new leads. Sometimes the leads never develop,” he said.