Why most missing children and runaways won’t get an Amber Alert | KJCT8

COLUMBIA & RICHMOND Co., Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — It’s not all the time you’ll see an Amber Alert pop up on your phone.

It’s even less frequent the Amber Alert is from your area, but that doesn’t mean less children are going missing or running away.

“They are reported everyday,” said Daniel Gaston, an investigator in Columbia County, Geogia. “If we issued Amber Alerts every time a child went missing, your phone will be constantly going off.”

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What you need to know about missing persons cases

SAN ANTONIO – When it comes to reporting someone missing, age is not an issue. Time and details — no matter how small — matter.

Courtney Weyrich works with the San Antonio Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit to help find people reported missing. She has debunked her share of bad beliefs about these cases.

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Amber Alerts on mobile now can have link to missing child’s pic – CNET

Amber Alerts are about to get more detailed.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted new rules to strengthen the Wireless Emergency Alerts system that delivers critical warnings and information to Americans on their wireless phones. The system sends Amber Alerts for missing children, as well as weather alerts and other emergencies.

Under the new rules, WEA alerts for 4G LTE and future wireless networks can now be 360 characters long, up from 90 characters under the old parameters. The FCC also will require participating wireless providers to support embedded phone numbers and URLs in all alerts, which allows the public to click to see a photo of a missing child or call the police.

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Details on how Amber and Silver alerts impact finding missing people

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A young boy reported missing Monday is back home with his family tonight. 12-year-old Javon Telford was found Tuesday afternoon on Kristin Drive at a park.

Telford was last seen around 10 p.m. Sunday night walking down Kristin Drive.

Incidents similar to this one has 9 On Your Side looking more into the difference between Amber and Silver alerts.

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How police handle missing children cases – WTOC-TV

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) – It is one of the scariest moments for parents – knowing their child is missing. This week, we have seen a number of missing children cases, from Effingham to Chatham County to Richmond Hill.

WTOC sat down with police to get a better understanding on how these cases are handled, and when and how alerts are given out.

“Two things are happening at the same time. You have the search for the missing person, but there is also an investigation going, because at any one particular time, we have to treat it as a criminal investigation,” said Capt. Jason Sakelarios, RHPD.

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Added level of alerts for Mississippi missing children helps – WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) –
It’s all hands on deck when a child goes missing. Law enforcement often needs your help.

“I’m always concerned about anyone that’s missing,” said Noah Singleton. “But especially a young child.”

People say alerts about missing kids are tough to ignore.

“My heart just panics and I feel sorry for the parents,” noted Lekita Gibson.

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Western Pa.’s missing adults easily fall off police radar | TribLIVE

Lonnie Green was watching TV at his brother’s home in the Hill District when he got up and stepped out.

He left through the front door, and his family hasn’t seen him since.

Green, 61, of Bellevue wasn’t acting unusual before he disappeared Dec. 4. He battled heroin and crack addiction but had been clean for months and showed no signs of relapsing, said his brother, Benny Cox.

His family reported him missing. Bellevue police entered Green into a national missing persons database, but with no leads on his whereabouts, the investigation has gone nowhere.

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How You Can Help Find a Missing Child on Facebook With New Amber Alert Feature – ABC News

Starting today, there’s a new way you can help locate a missing child simply by checking Facebook.

Facebook is teaming up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send Amber Alerts to its users in specific areas where a child has gone missing.

“Facebook … in essence in this situation, is the world’s largest neighborhood watch,” Emily Vacher, Facebook’s Security, Trust and Safety manager told ABC News, announcing the partnership.

As soon as law enforcement issues an Amber Alert and NCMEC issues it, Facebook then sends a targeted amber alert to the News Feed on your phone or computer along with detailed information from law enforcement.

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Ohio seeks improvement for finding missing kids

Ohio law enforcement agencies are overhauling the way they track down missing children to create a network of experts who cover all 88 counties rather than the current patchwork of resources.

On Wednesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced an effort to organize Ohio’s Child Abduction Response Teams, groups of officers created in 2006 to track missing children. The groups, while effective, have been on the decline in recent years as organizers retire or find new jobs, DeWine said in a news conference.

Powell Police Chief Gary Vest, who helped create the programs in 2006, said groups have dwindled from about 10 to five or six. Even at the height of the program, it didn’t cover all parts of the state.

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Virginia State Crime Commission endorses bill for missing person alerts – Fredericksburg.com: News

RICHMOND–In the wake of the tragic disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, the Virginia State Crime Commission has endorsed a dozen proposals to improve the state’s ability to respond to missing person cases.

On Tuesday, the commission unanimously supported three recommendations that are expected to be combined into one bill to be considered by the 2015 session of the General Assembly.

Delegate Charniele L. Herring, a Democrat representing Alexandria, volunteered to put forth the bill that would close the gap in the state’s missing persons laws.

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