How Facebook and Twitter changed missing child searches | The Guardian

Every three minutes a child is reported missing in the UK; across the EU that number rises to one child every two minutes. In the US, the FBI recorded almost 467,000 missing children in 2014, which is close to one reported every minute.

In the US, milk cartons, posters, flyers, meetings and traditional news reports formed the main missing child search channels until 1996, when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed up with local police to develop a warning system that interrupted regular programming on television and radio broadcasts, and highway signs.

The service, Amber Alert, is used only for the most serious of cases, sending out messages via email, text, traffic signs and digital billboards, as well as through Twitter and Facebook.

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Forensic Artists Hope To Help Solve Missing Person Cold Cases | WHSV

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Kelly Dove from Harrisonburg is just one of hundreds of people who are part of a database with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She has been missing since 1982 and would be 54 years old now.

When these children are still missing years later, it is important to pay attention to them –even decades after.

Joe Mullins is a forensic artist for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Once a cold case hits the two year mark, Mullins creates an image of what the child might look like now.

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Social-Networking Tools Help Find Missing Children | Fox News

Forget milk cartons. Alert systems to help locate missing children have now gone high-tech.

New systems like SecuraChild use social-media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, to send out blast emails and text messages whenever a child is reported missing through the site. There are other options too, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which lets people add an amber alert “ticker” to their website or app on your phone.

And social networking’s aid has proven a dramatic success.

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ID kits a ‘tool’ to help in case of missing child | Daily Chronicle

CHARLESTON – Police need “every tool” they can get when a child is missing, and that means more than a photograph.

That’s why identification kits assembled for Carl Sandburg Elementary School first-grade students also included other items and materials.

Detective Marlon Williams of the Charleston Police Department said it is important for the kits to include such things as video recordings of the students. That not only shows what the children look like but also how they act, he explained.

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Artists age faces of missing children to keep searches alive | WNCN

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WNCN) – The moment the world stops for a parent is when their child goes missing.

The numbers concerning missing children are staggering, as the FBI reports nearly 470,000 children went missing in 2014.

In North Carolina, at least 151 children are missing and 18 of those are missing from the WNCN viewing area.

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How a single database of missing person cases could keep searches alive | BDN Maine

Twenty-seven years ago, Virginia Douglas and her husband, Frank Douglas, pulled into the Reny’s parking lot in Belfast so she could use the store’s restroom. Virginia Douglas reportedly walked into the store and was never seen again.

The couple had come to Maine on a spur-of-the-moment trip from their home in Lexington, Massachusetts. No one the local police interviewed at the store recalled seeing her. They even doubted she had ever set foot in Belfast, according to news reports at the time.

Police suspected Douglas may have been the victim of foul play, but they could never confirm those suspicions.

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KS – Search for missing Mayetta woman takes to the sky

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- The search for a missing Mayetta woman took to the skies Wednesday.

Mike Raymond of NorthLand Sky-Cam in Platte City, Missouri, was contacted through a Facebook page to help in the search for Joan Rebar with the use of his drone equipped with a camera and thermal camera.

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