JACKSONVILLE Fla. -- There are more than two dozen sex offenders like Donald Smith missing right now in Duval County -- 26, to be exact.
Two more sex offenders are also missing in St. Johns County.
"We need to stop these people," said parent Bruce Conway.
His daughter, Jolee, was Cherish's best friend. Cherish is the 8-year-old girl kidnapped and killed last weekend. Sex offender Donald J. Smith is facing chargers in her killing.
"My daughter comes up to me at 2 a.m. and said, 'Daddy, can I sleep here?' and I said, 'What's wrong, sweetie?' and she's crying and she says, 'I miss Cherish,'" Conway said.
He said he can't bear to watch more children hurt, and he wants a change in how sexual offenders are tracked.
"These guys have to have ankle straps or chips so they can be tracked constantly to know where they are so the police know," he said.
Conway has already contacted lawmakers to start tracking programs and Cherish's memory.
"I contacted Senator [Bill] Nelson, I contacted State Rep. Brown, I contacted [President Barack) Obama's office. The governor is the next one to be contacted," he said.
Conway said he won't rest until he gets protection for children like Cherish from the offenders hidden right in our community.
"I know it's going to cost money, but the thing is if we save one life, look at the cost," he said.
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