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Motorcycle ride raises awareness for missing, exploited children

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - More than 145 people turned out for a motorcycle ride benefiting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The ride was sponsored by ABATE Districts 23 and 16, and motorcyclists paid tribute to Johnny Gosch and Evelyn Miller.

Gosch was a 12 year-old West Des Moines paperboy who was kidnapped in 1982.

Miller was from the small town of Floyd; she was 5 years old at the time she was abducted and murdered in 2005.

"I think the tribute that they are paying my granddaughter, Evelyn, and Johnny Gosch does help making people aware -- making people aware that these things happen," said Linda Christie, Evelyn's grandmother.

Christie said she thinks about her granddaughter everyday.

"I really miss her, and things like this bring emotions up to the surface," she said.

The cost to participate in the ride was $10 per person.

Proceeds from registration, t-shirt sales and bracelets will go to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which assists families and law enforcement agencies in finding missing children.

"Kids are very important -- always know where your kids are because they can be gone in the blink of an eye," said Mindy Riley, one of the ride's organizers.

A similar ride was held last year in memory of slain Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

Riley said they raised more than $2,000 last year.

She didn't have an exact total for the amount raised for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, but said she was confident they raised more this year.

Riley said they'll start planning next year's ride in the fall.
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