Coasters for Hope program hopes to solve local missing person cases

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MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. – A pilot program that hopes to use
coasters to generate leads in missing person cases launches Thursday in the
Capital Region.

The new “Coasters for Hope” pilot program will distribute
coasters with photos and information about seven local missing persons to restaurants
and taverns across the Capital Region. Each drink coaster will have a number
where people can anonymously call or text a tip to law enforcement about a
missing person's case.

The program was born from a partnership between Assemblyman
Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) along with Doug and Mary Lyall of the Center for
Hope, and DeCrescente Distributing Company.

Suzanne Lyall, a UAlbany student who has been missing since
1998, will be one of the seven featured on the coasters. The remaining six
coasters will be unveiled on Thursday, December, 12 at 11 a.m. at DeCrescente
Distributing Company's 39 Viall Avenue Pub, located at 200 North Main Street, in
Mechanicville.

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