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Doug Lyall – Founder of the Center for Hope

August 26, 2015

It with a deep sadness that I must report the passing of Doug Lyall. Doug’s daughter, Suzanne went missing in Albany, New York in 1998. I first met Doug when I was writing my book Gone Missing in New York. He was one of the first people I interviewed. I was nervous. I knew when I interviewed the familes of the missing I wanted them to talk about the thing that caused them the worst heart wrenching grief they had ever suffered. As you know, I’m not good with all that heart wrenching stuff. However, Doug was not heart wrenching. He was kind, generous, open, honest and courageous.

Instead of giving into anger, depression and despondency, Doug and his wife, Mary started The Center for Hope to help other families of the missing in their search. The Lyall’s have been able to do miraculous work; changing policies, changing laws and creating protocol for police departments. But that is nothing next to the hope, encouragement and help they have given to thousands of people who are left battered and confused by losing a loved one.

Doug has been a life line, inspiration and hope to so many people. I know the world is a lesser place because he is no longer in it.

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