PINOLE -- A gathering will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday to mark 26 years since Amber Swartz, then 7 years old, disappeared from her home in June 1988 after going outside to jump rope. Just as important, said Kim Swartz, Amber's mother, is the need to publicize that the case has been reopened by the Pinole Police Department after a successful petition effort.

"They are starting from square one, going through everything,"she said. "Somebody out there knows what happened to her and if they think the case is closed they'll think nobody needs that information."

The event at Amber Swartz Park on Savage Avenue will include speakers from the police department and the city, a performance of "Amazing Grace" by Kyle Logan and the release of 26 pink balloons. Participants will also tie pink ribbons in memory of missing children to a tree in the park.

"I don't believe any (missing child) case should be closed," Swartz said. "There are so many girls that have been found after a long time and so many that are being trafficked."

She compared child abduction cases to a Pandora's box, saying "The only thing we have left in the box is what's in the bottom, and that's hope. Some day I hope we find out what happened to Amber and all these other kids."



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