Missing boy case stirs new interest in tracking tech – 13 WTHR Indianapolis

GREENFIELD, Ind. – A recent search for a missing Hancock County child has emergency workers looking toward technology.

There was a giant search when four-year-old Kyle Pierce wandered from his home near New Palestine earlier this month.

“The worst five hours of my life, definitely,” said Kyle’s mother, Sara.

They found the boy in a cornfield, but it got rescuers thinking they’ve got to do more to get life-saving technology into the field.

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Time Warner Cable Deploys Amber Alert to Cable Technicians | Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable (TWC) today announced that all of its 18,000 cable technicians around the country have been deployed with technology that allows them to receive AMBER Alerts when they are in the area of an active alert, and training to be vigilant and contact law enforcement if they see the abducted child. This new effort is part of an agreement with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), a partner of TWC. Through the TWC Eyes and Ears AMBER Alert initiative, the company becomes one of the country’s largest employers to redistribute AMBER Alerts to its workforce.

“Helping communities where our employees live and work is one of Time Warner Cable’s core values,” said Rob Marcus, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. “Thanks to the training and technology that our technicians receive as part of our AMBER Alert initiative, we are taking important steps to help the well-being of children in communities we serve every day. I am proud of the role we are playing to protect our children and thank NCMEC for making our participation possible.”

“The AMBER Alert program is built on the idea that the eyes and ears of many are better than the eyes and ears of few in the search for an abducted child,” said NCMEC president and CEO, John Ryan. “It only takes one person to see the child and help bring them home safely. We are grateful to TWC for making the search party 18,000 people stronger.”

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How tech tracks missing people | Fox News

The case of missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston has shone a spotlight on technology’s crucial role in locating missing people — as well its limitations.

While cellphone location technologies can quickly find people, the trail effectively ends when a device is out of power.

Communications expert John B. Minor, who is based in Odessa, Texas and who has assisted in suspected murder cases and attempts to locate lost hikers, describes the scenario as a race against time. “If the battery is exhausted, there is no general tracking,” he told FoxNews.com.

Huston, a 38-year-old mother of two, was last seen on a surveillance camera leaving a gas station in the Portland suburb of Newberg on July 24, prompting a massive search.

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Officials Search for 3 Days; Drone Finds Missing Man After 20 Minutes

After three fruitless days of extensive searching by authorities, an amateur drone pilot located a missing elderly man in a mere 20 minutes.

On Sunday, David Lesh helped save Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man who had gone missing for three days in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, last week. Search and rescue teams had been looking for him for all that time, using helicopters, search dogs, and hundreds of volunteers, according to the WMTV.

Then Lesh, who owns a ski and snowboard outerwear company in Colorado but was in the area on vacation, volunteered to help using his drone — and found DeVenecia in 20 minutes.

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Project will improve search for missing in Bellmawr, NJ

Bellmawr police have new high-tech tools to find the missing.

Five borough officers were trained this week on Project Lifesaver, a program that uses transmitter bracelets and tracking receivers to electronically locate people whose conditions make them prone to wandering.

Police Det. Sgt. Bill Perna said the department received a federal grant to cover the cost of two transmitters and receivers, as well as the training.

“(It’s) another tool to help the public out,” he noted.

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Wireless Alerts Change Face Of Missing Child Investigations – WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

You’ve probably seen them on your phone – text alerts informing you of a missing or kidnapped child.

The wireless Amber Alert messages are a relatively new technology, which state investigators say can drastically improve the odds of bringing a missing child home.

“The whole idea is to get the information out to the public and spread it statewide,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Ryan Carmichael. “So that people can begin looking to see if they see a vehicle or person matching that description.”

The wireless system was only implemented in Georgia about a year and a half ago, but investigators say it’s already had a tremendous effect.

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Full Disclosure: NamUs database becomes powerful tool to find missing people | Star Tribune

Martin Franzel walked away from his Minneapolis home in 1963 and never returned. Aaron Anderson, 2, was last seen in his Pine City yard in 1989. This May, Cody Christle, 20, set off on foot from a friend’s Hinckley home and vanished.

These are three of the 147 Minnesotans in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), the first publicly accessible nationwide database designed to solve some of the most puzzling and agonizing modern mysteries.

It has only been five years since the database became fully operational. That’s surprising, given that the agency behind NamUs, the U.S. Department of Justice, has overseen the National Crime Information Center since it debuted 47 years ago. That massive database also includes information on missing persons and unidentified bodies, but it remains a tool of law enforcement that is off-limits to the public.

The true power of NamUs is harnessing the collective knowledge of family, friends and other interested individuals to match unidentified remains with the names of vanished individuals. Public users can add their own missing persons cases onto the list, correct errors, provide additional information and, in many ways, do their own investigation, long after the case has gone cold.

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