Dianne Zoro had seen the girls along Pacific Highway South
The mother of four
daughters saw girls walking to the bus stop as she drove home from work to her
Federal Way apartment near 272nd Street nearly every day since she moved here.
She always felt bad for the girls who, for whatever reason, felt they needed to
sell their bodies for money. She envisioned the girls as young single mothers
with babies they couldn’t afford to feed. But she never paid much attention to
Until her 17-year-old
daughter went missing.
“I started driving that
stretch day and night and all of a sudden it struck me how many girls were out
there,” said Zoro, whose daughter Danica Childs disappeared from a Kent motel
associated with drugs and prostitution in December of 2007. “Then looking at
their faces and realizing that Danica was 17, but I was seeing girls who were
Zoro later learned that
her daughter’s boyfriend was a pimp and Danica was working as a prostitute.
During an event on Monday
morning, Zoro and three of her daughters were at Gordon Trucking in Pacific,
Wash., where company officials and members of the Washington State Patrol
unveiled a trucking trailer with a large poster of Danica on the side.
Gordon Trucking currently
has 100 trailers that feature posters of 21 missing children from Washington
and Oregon. The company’s fleet travels across the U.S. and in Canada, along
freeways, interstates and highways — like Pacific
“It’s weird to see her
face right there,” Zoro said when she saw her daughter’s face on the side of
Gordon Trucking, in
partnership with the state patrol and IMagic, highlighted the Homeward Bound
program with the addition of Danica’s poster to its fleet on Monday.
Renee Padgett, a trooper
who works in state patrol’s Commercial Vehicle division, came up with the idea
for the program in 2005.
“She worked as a
commercial vehicle enforcement trooper at the time and she thought if we can
get these posters out there, people are on the road every day, so what better
idea than to put pictures of missing kids on the side of trucks,” said Carri
Gordon, a manager in state patrol’s Missing and Unidentified Persons unit. [More]