Spinners helps nonprofit group locate missing children

Spinners helps nonprofit group locate missing children

By The Lowell Sun

LOWELL — A Florida-based nonprofit group that works with minor league baseball teams to help find missing children says four missing kids who had their pictures posted at LeLacheur Park this season have been found.

Edward Vasquez, 15, of Springfield; Skyelee Housman, 17, of Fitchburg; Derrick DeSouza, 15, of Framingham; and Charlotte Lowell, 15, of Worcester, have all been found since their photos were posted, according to the BairFind Foundation.

BairFind teamed up with minor league baseball teams across the country in February to begin posting “BairFind signs” in every minor-league park in America, with each of the signs containing pictures of local missing children.

The Spinners are among at least 139 clubs that are now participating in the program in an effort to increase and maintain awareness of missing children.

“We could not be happier that all four children pictured in LeLacheur Park have been located and are now safe, sound and reunited with their families,” Spinners owner Dave Heller said in a press release. “The more eyes that are looking for a child, the more likely that child will be found.”

BairFind founder Dennis Bair, a former minor-league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, praised the Spinners for making its ballpark a resource for the community in the search for missing kids.

“BairFind is proud to partner with the Lowell Spinners, as they joined in the search for Edward Vasquez and three other missing children since opening day,” Bair said.

“It feels great to know that those children have been located safely this summer.” — ROBERT MILLS

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