All too often in the modern 24/7 news cycle, the rush for the latest breaking story or a “sexy” headline can overshadow other news. News stories like a pay-per-view fight of a fan versus Roy Jones Jr., or the collection of pictures on Instagram of Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian leap from the entertainment sections to all encompassing coverage on social media and news – often for days at a time. Left in their wake, if covered at all, can be local news stories without the national pizzazz, but with a deep connection to the local community. In Binghamton, NY, a City Councilman plans to change that.
City Councilman Giovanni Scaringi issued a press release on February 13, 2016, stating that a proclamation will be issued on February 17, 2016, honoring the memory of Bambi Madden. This proclamation will make each January 11th, Bambi Madden Day in the City of Binghamton. The proclamation will be issued at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, with the public and press invited to attend.
The significance of the date, and the reason for naming the day after Bambi Madden, is about an issue affecting tens of thousands of Americans every year. Bambi disappeared on Jan. 11, 2006. She had left her home to go to the store and never returned to that home and her children. Bambi had become one of 836,131 missing persons in 2006. For 2014 there were 635,155 people that went missing. While the vast majority were found, tens of thousands were not. Bambi’s disappearance has continued to be unsolved, along with 84,923 other people as of December 31, 2014 (the last date of records available from the FBI NCIC Missing Persons database).
The news media did cover the 10 year anniversary of Bambi’s disappearance. Every year her family holds a vigil on the day of her disappearance. But there just is not enough time in the 24 hour news cycle for Bambi and the tens of thousands of other missing people in America each year. Which is why Councilman Scaringi has taken action. As he stated,
“She was a mother, a daughter, and a member of our community. Ten years later, Bambi’s disappearance, still leaves her family seeking answers and a hole in our hearts. Our community, whenever possible, needs to keep her memory alive. We often forget, that the family members of those who have lost and not found a loved one, face an uncertainty and grief that is unconscionable. Keeping her memory alive will allow all of us to focus on the need to remember to report anything we know and see. If anyone has any leads to Bambi’s whereabouts, please contact the Binghamton Police Department at (607) 772-7080.”
The missing persons case for Bambi remains open, though considered a “cold case” due to the exhaustion of leads. Binghamton Police Capt. Jack Collins believes that the case can still be solved, if someone with the right information can come forward. As Capt. Collins stated to reporter Anthony Borrelli in January,
“Someone out there knows something. Someone always knows.”
Also to be in attendance at the proclamation will be Dawn Michaels – Missing Person Advocate of Lead Me Home, Debra Wilson – Pastor of Comfort Ministry, as well as local officials and neighbors of Bambi Madden.