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Metro Police working dozens of missing person cases

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police are currently working dozens of missing person cases.

That includes the case of Debrah Lucas. "I was basically at my son's baseball tournament and her boyfriend called me and told me--have you seen your mom or talked to her? And I said no and he says well, she's missing. And I said what?" said Kelly Pinnick, Lucas' daughter.

It has been nearly three years and Lucas is still missing.  "I thought maybe it would be a day or maybe a couple of days but I didn't think it would be going into years," said Pinnick.

In September of 2010, 48-year-old Lucas was last seen near her apartment at 4th and M Streets.  No one has seen or heard from her since.

Pinnick said, "I just want to know where she is and what happened."

And so do Metro Police.  "Debrah Lucas' case is still an ongoing investigation, yes," said Sgt. Donny Burbrink III, with LMPD's Homicide Unit.

The Lucas case is one of dozens of missing person cases still open and actively being investigated.

Sgt. Burbrink said, "We're looking at probably 113 open cases."

Burbrink says his detectives are working everyday to either bring the people home or bring closure to the families.  "A lot of times we are not in our office.  We are out of the office looking up leads, talking to friends, talking to family members, when was the last time you saw this kid, when was the last time you saw this adult?"

That even includes cases like Ann Gotlib, who disappeared in 1983 and Andrew Compton, last seen in October of 2010.  "Until we can get a body on one of those, we have to keep it open," says Burbrink.

Meanwhile, Pinnick still has mixed feelings about her mother's disappearance.  She said, "Inside of me, I want to believe she is out there alive."

Pinnick is still hoping for the best but whatever the case may be...she just wants to know what happened to her mother.  "Yeah, I just want to know, to have closure," said Pinnick.

Metro Police have recently created a position that will specifically focus on cold and missing persons cases.

Anyone with information about any of the cases can call the anonymous police tip line at 574-LMPD.

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