My name is Ed Santos Jr. I am the Officer-in-charge of the Special Victims Unit of the San Francisco Police Department.
First I want to acknowledge Sean’s family and thank them for allowing me to be here on this two-year anniversary.
Two years ago Sean disappeared here in San Francisco.
A disappearance that has been difficult to understand,
A disappearance that has been difficult to resolve.
Every day in this world a loved one disappears.
Some are found quickly, and some are found much later.
Locating a missing person is a difficult and challenging task, but not impossible.
To find someone, it takes a huge effort along with teamwork
Law enforcement officers are not always the one who locate a missing loved one.
It’s often people who continue in their efforts that reach out as far as their message is received.
Sean’s mother, Lynn Ching has been relentless in her search for Sean and has never given up hope of finding him.
Not long ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ching. I had just become the officer in charge of the Special Victims Unit.
In the few moments of meeting and speaking with her, I could feel her love for Sean and the pain she felt missing him.
Being a father and recognizing the importance of family, I told Lynn that the Missing Persons Unit would reexamine Sean’s case as well as explore other avenues of investigation.
When Lynn left the Special Victims Unit, little did she know of the admiration and respect that I had for her and her family.
In an effort to finding Sean, I ask the media to send Sean’s story as far across this nation and across this world. The media is a very powerful resource.
I ask people who here today, friends and family to use the power of social media to spread the word about Sean’s disappearance.
Using every tool and resource that we have to find Sean is important.
It can be one picture, it can be one word.
I have hopes that Sean will be found, everything is possible.
I want to thank the Sidi family for not giving up hope in their search for Sean.
I want to thank those who have called law enforcement with possible sightings of Sean.
I want to thank those who have carried the message of Sean disappearance to places that we could not reach.
And I want to thank the media for helping to get this message into the eyes and ears of people across the world.
And lastly, I want to thank Lynn and her family for giving me the opportunity to speak at this wonderful gathering, your family has the support of the SFPD and our efforts will continue until Sean is found.
[Capt. Ed Santos]