- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) - The 20th Ride for Missing Children is underway.

As many as 500 riders are taking part in the 80-plus mile trek, which began at State Police Troop D headquarters in Oneida on Friday morning and ends in New Hartford outside Utica.

The inaugural ride in 1995 featured seven men who rode bicycles from Utica to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the plight of missing children.

The 1993 disappearance of 12-year-old Sara Anne Wood sparked the effort. She disappeared while riding her bike on a two-lane country road and her body has never been found.

Money raised by the annual ride, now a central New York staple, has been used to produce and distribute 9.5 million posters of 9,898 missing children, 6,782 of whom have been successfully recovered.

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