Missing in Arkansas, Inc. (MIA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered in the State of Arkansas, dedicated to bringing hope and healing to the missing and their families through crisis intervention, prevention, and community education.

Founded in 2019, we seek to IMPACT the missing person’s issue through community education, PREPARE law enforcement and our community leaders to handle missing person’s cases, and RESPOND quickly and effectively to bring every missing person home.

Hear from our Founder, Lydia Cox Carter,
as she shares her story and explains why
she saw the need for an organization like
Missing in Arkansas.

Our Programs

Missing in Arkansas, Inc. provides a range of education, safety, and emergency programs in the State of Arkansas.

Our Story

Missing in Arkansas, Inc. (MIA), a 501(c)(3) missing adults organization, was formed in 2019 eight years after the mysterious disappearance of Robert Wayne Cox.  Robert’s sister, decided to turn her tragedy and fight to find her brother into a positive effort that would have an impact on missing adults and their families in the State of Arkansas.  Hear from Robert’s sister, the Founder of Missing in Arkansas, Inc. about why she saw the need for an organization like MIA.

Board & Staff

Missing in Arkansas, Inc. is supported and operated by numerous caring individuals who live and work within the State of Arkansas.


At Missing in Arkansas, Inc, we take our financial management seriously.  Through a checks and balances system with our Board of Directors and Staff, we aim to use our current assets responsibly in order to guarantee the sustainability of the organization for years to come.

Our Partners

There are many organizations and companies who help make our work possible through strategic partnerships and shared resources.

The Robert Cox Hero Award

In 2019, MIA established the Robert Cox Hero Award to recognize individuals whose extraordinary efforts have helped bring the missing home. The Robert Cox Hero Award is presented at our annual Champions for The Missing event, and the Robert Cox Corporate Hero Award is presented at our annual Golf Challenge for The Missing.