DETROIT – A solemn memorial ceremony took place at The spirit of Detroitwith Crime Stoppers sending the message to families that their loved ones are not forgotten.

On Friday (June 21), a powerful message was delivered by families who have lost someone to a violent crime.

Local 4 contacted a mother who said she wouldn't give up the search for her daughter. We learned she had since moved out of state but returned for the event.

It showed unsolved murder cases of people who were never found.

“We want to bring justice to your families and we will not forget,” said Donna McCord, captain of the Detroit Police Department's homicide unit.

McCord said she heard the prayers and felt the family's pain.

“Don't give up, because we're not going to give up,” McCord said. “The chief is very passionate about our cold case unit. He's been hiring new members just to make sure we have enough staff and resources to handle these cases.”

“They have been on this journey from day one,” said Tamela Wells’ mother, Donna Davis.

A solemn memorial service was held at the Spirit of Detroit, where Crime Stoppers delivered the message to the families that their loved ones will not be forgotten. (Copyright 2024 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit – All rights reserved.)

Davis is 1,000 miles away, but she attended the Detroit Police Never Forgotten Memorial via Facetime.

We were there with Davis 12 years ago when her daughter disappeared. The mother of two children was never found.

“This is the journey I've been on,” Davis said. “Not just the fight for Tamela, but the fight for loved ones and the loss of loved ones, just everyday life like everyone else. I can't give up, I can't stop. This is getting to me at my weakest point right now.”

McCord said she knows Wells' case and police have been trying to find her for several years. She said they are still passionate about it and are working as diligently as possible on the case and they will not give up.

“I was the mom who was full of tears and emotions but still stood firm in what I believed in,” Davis said. “It will be 12 years in August. That's a long time.”

McCord said technology has advanced over the years and she is confident that many unsolved cases will be solved sooner rather than later.

Anyone with information should contact local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.

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