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Date Posted — August 30, 2001
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Desert Thunder Motor Sports (DTM) and the Nations Missing Children Organization & Center for Missing Adults (NMCO), along with the support of the Genuine Parts Company/ Napa Auto Parts and Martin Senour paints will be raising awareness of two missing women and promoting child safety at the Food 4 Less "150" in Irwindale, California.

Darrell LaMoure, driver of the Nascar Featherlite Southwest Series/ Napa/ Martin Senour Chevy Monte Carlo # 94 have featured over 40 different missing persons on the hood of their racing machine. The Food 4 Less "150" marks another memorial occasion as they place larger than life images of two missing California women.

"In light of the disappearance of Chandra Levy, who is now a household name, we are trying to raise awareness that there are other missing women and families suffering the same agony as the Levy's," said Kym Pasqualini, founder of NMCO. "During this televised event we are able to reach out even further in hopes of gaining that one lead that will assist law enforcement with each of these cases."

Latoya Thomas
Soon to be 26 years of age Latoya`s family prays she will be home to celebrate this birthday. Latoya, has been missing since September 30, 2000 from home in Hayward, California. Latoya is described as a black woman with black hair of medium length, brown eyes, five foot two inches tall, weighing 135 pounds with a small scar on the left side of her nose. Latoya has a five year old daughter who has spent the last year wondering where here mommy is.

Lynsie Ekelund
Friends indicated that they dropped her off several houses away from her residence but she never made it home in Placentia, California on February 16, 2001. Lynsie is described as a white woman with medium length short brown hair and hazel eyes. Her left hand and arm have some physical impairment. She was last seen wearing jeans, white tennis shoes and a blue jacket.

"I cant tell you how much this kind of thing disturbs me, having spent a good deal of time with the families of missing persons it becomes difficult at times to stay focused on my racing," said Darrell LaMoure. "But I believe what we do making a significant difference and the interaction with the kids and their parents is hopefully creating a more cognizant community, that is my personal reward," he added. Members of both families will be guests of Irwindale Speedway and will be available for interviews


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Article posted by staff on August 30, 2001.